“A few months ago a super-user friend of ours, “Grumpy Mike,” spotted what he thought might be a clone on the Arduino.cc forum.
He was right. He had been helping a user with their project, but the
board wasn’t responding as it should. After a quick diagnosis and some
photos from the user we realised that this was a cloned board. We were
both flattered and frustrated. Flattered because someone thought that we
were worth copying and frustrated because they had created a
counterfeit product. The “Touch Board” that we found looked like our
product, used our trademarked logo, and most importantly claimed to have
been manufactured by us — presenting a serious problem. This
manufacturer hadn’t just used our work without giving credit, they were
trying to convince our community that this was our product.
The Touch Board is an Open Hardware
project. Open Hardware presents all of us with an amazing opportunity to
freely iterate and prototype, but it requires us to give credit where
it is due. You should improve on our design and adapt it to your needs.
We provide the files that you need to get PCBs made and all of our code is on our GitHub.
We’ve done a lot of hard work and you should benefit from it. We built
the Touch Board on top of the hard work by Jim Lindblom, Bill Greiman,
Bill Porter, Micheal Flagar, Arduino, Atmel, Freescale, and the support of our Kickstarter backers. Without them, the Touch Board wouldn’t exist.