Trademark and Copyright

Broadwell Consulting Inc is the creator of the Serial Wombat line of I/O expansion chips and the firmware which runs on them. Broadwell Consulting Inc claims trademark on the brand SERIAL WOMBAT .

We frequently receive questions about the usage of our trademarks in a number of different applications. In order to support the Serial Wombat community to make fair use of our name, logo and other trademarks we have gathered general information on this page.

It is a common misunderstanding that since Serial Wombat technology is open source, the name and logo can also be used freely, but that is not the case. Anyone is allowed to copy and to further develop a Serial Wombat open source hardware design into their own product as long as they use their own brand name and logo for this product.

The Serial Wombat software may be further developed and redistributed according to the included open source software licence. Sale of derivative software or its inclusion in commercial products is not prohibited, but it may require modifications in order to be compliant with the same license. Also concerning software derivatives, the Serial Wombat trademarks should not be used in the name or logotype.

You may

  • Use the word Serial Wombat (or any other wordmark being a trademark of Broadwell Consulting Inc) when referring to or describing an Serial Wombat product.
  • Use the word Serial Wombat (or any other wordmark being a trademark of Arduino) to indicate that a third party product is compatible with or based on Arduino technology.
    • In these cases the Serial Wombat trademark should follow a referential phrase such as “compatible with”, “for” or “with”.

You may not

  • Use a trademark of Broadwell Consulting Inc as part of a company name or logo.
  • Use a trademark of Consulting Inc on a third party product.
  • Include a trademark of Consulting Inc in a domain name for a web page of commercial character.
  • Use a trademark of Consulting Inc in a way that creates a false impression that your product or business is endorsed, sponsored by or associated with Broadwell Consulting Inc.
  • Manufacture, sell or give away merchandise goods bearing a trademark of Broadwell Consulting Inc.
  • Use a trademark of Broadwell Consulting Inc on trade shows or events without prior consent by Broadwell Consulting Inc.
  • Use a name or logo which is so similar to a trademark of Consulting Inc that it may confuse or mislead people into thinking that your business, products or services is official Serial Wombat or made in association with Broadwell Consulting Inc.

Use Case Table

The table below is illustrative, it does not intend to cover all trademark usage scenarios, but it reflects the most common questions we receive on this topic. Also in the scenarios below there may be nuances depending on the situation, for any uncertainties please contact us and we will explain what applies in your specific scenario.

Use CaseSerial Wombat name
When referring to an Serial Wombat productyes
In the name of a third-party productno
In the product description of a third-party product that is compatible with Serial WombatYes, if using a referential phrase like “compatible with Serial Wombat”
Selling an official Broadwell Consulting Inc productyes
In the name or logo of a third party companyno
In the name or logo of an online storeno
In a domain nameno
On merchandise goodsno
In relation to eventsOnly with consent of Broadwell Consulting Inc
In a community social media groupYes, as part of a name which clearly indicates the group is a community initiative
In the title or as an identification of a publication (article, book, blog…)Yes, as part of name
In the content of a publication (article, book, blog…)yes
To identify non commercial content or activityYes, as part of name

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