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Don McKenzie (Proprietor) Dontronics.
P.O. Box 595 Tullamarine 3043 Australia
Fax: Int+(613) 9338-2935
Phone: Int+(613) 9338-6286
Third Party "SimmStickTM Compatible" Designers Guidelines:
Pending US Trademark Registration:
Dontronics has a U.S. pending trademark registration on SimmStickTM, with the US Patent and Trademark Office, which is the only legal acknowledgment required at this stage for third party designers. When the registration is finalized, the "®" will be attached. The US federal registration symbol may be used once the mark is actually registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Even though an application is pending, the registration symbol may not be used before the mark has actually become registered. In the interim, SimmStickTM, will be used to signify this pending registration.
Third Party Manufacturers, and SimmStickTM Compatibility:
The only other consideration is that the bus design functionality be reasonably well followed to allow new designs to be readily interfaced to existing designs. This would then allow any new third party product to be "SimmStickTM Compatible". This means anyone is free to make a "SimmStickTM Compatible" board as long as it is electrically compatible and they are free to call it such. If designers are unsure of any design factors, it may be wise to contact Dontronics for advice. We welcome any third party manufacturers of these products, as we feel it can only strengthen the range.
Third Party Manufacturers use of the Bus Architecture and SimmStickTM Trademark:
During the period the SimmStick Trademark is registered and owned by Don McKenzie of Dontronics, permission is hereby granted for any Third Party Manufacturer to use the SimmStick Bus standard in their own product, and to call their product "SimmStickTM Compatible", provided the guidelines in this document are adhered to.