SparkFun received a Cease and Desist letter from lawyers representing Sparc inc, about similarities between the name of both companies.
https://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/news.php?id=300

Two sad things: SparkFun has to defend itself, and, the worst, somebody thinks SparkFun and the moribund Sparc have something in common.

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Comment by Angus Peart on October 23, 2009 at 1:34pm
It seems the SPARC website has some nasties on it; "Warning: Visiting this site may harm your computer!".
Either that or someone is playing a little joke by flagging them as malware hosts.
Comment by simonl on October 23, 2009 at 1:53pm
I just saw this too - I've sent my email of disgust to sparcinfo@sparc.org AND the lawyer too (christine.redfield@klgates.com).

I think everyone who hangs-out here (especially if they've ever been a SparkFun customer) should send an email of complaint too. They are no more than BULLIES and should be stood-up to.
Comment by Dimitar Kolev on October 23, 2009 at 3:00pm
I've sent angry email too - probably they want to have the rights over word "spark" or later they will find similarities between SPARC and Diydrones. Sometimes human stupidity is endless...
Comment by Mike on October 23, 2009 at 4:45pm
SPARC is not even a word - it's an acronym and has a completely different meaning to the word spark.

I have asked them to send me a list of their 'identical goods' and if they do a hoodie in a XXL 'cos SParkfun only do one in XXL - although it wouldn't be identical. I also asked if their hoodie had SparkFun or SPARC written on it. I also asked them if they had an ArduPilot in a colour other than red as I found the SparkFun red a bit aggressive ;-)
Comment by Jack Crossfire on October 23, 2009 at 5:23pm
Welcome to the big leagues. Everyone gets threatened for doing most anything nowadays, once big enough. Once ardupilot starts daily courier services across oceans, it'll get the same thing from no name startups.
Comment by OlivierD. on October 23, 2009 at 5:49pm
Utterly ridiculous, should get dismissed in court in no time, I can't believe they are even trying to pull one like that. Desperate move from a dying entity.
Comment by bGatti on October 23, 2009 at 6:03pm
Chris, if you know anyone at WIRED - I think these guys, and their lawyers deserve to be named in the press. ; )

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Comment by Mark Colwell on October 23, 2009 at 6:39pm
A little truth will go a long way..I hope they quit now...

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Comment by Pete Hollands on October 24, 2009 at 12:12pm
If it goes further, then I think a letter to Scott McNealy, Andy Bechtolstein, Bill Joy, Eric Schmidt - who were
all at Sun and instrumental in creating the SPARC strategy- should result in the lawyers going away.
They would all be horrified to know about this.

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