Yesterday, GamePolitics reported on a small Florida manufacturer's claim that Wiimote, the common, yet unofficial nickname for Nintendo's motion-sensitive Wii controller, was negatively impacting sales of its Weemote, a small TV remote control designed to fit children's hands.
Fobis Technologies president John Stephen told Time:
These days, the little guy like us is wondering, What's the point of trademark protection?
We asked Nintendo for comment and received this from NOA spokesman Charlie Scibetta:
Because Nintendo does not use and does not plan to use the Weemote trademark, we declined Fobis' offer to purchase it. We wish them success with their Weemote.
Stephen told GamePolitics that lawyers for his firm had contacted 100 retailers, large and small, requesting that they cease using the term Wiimote in their marketing. Indeed, GP correspondent Andrew Eisen, a major fan of the Wii, pointed out a post by importer NCSX:
Last week, we received a letter from a law firm representing a company which holds the "Weemote™" trademark. The letter stated that we were to stop using the term, "Wiimote" in our product descriptions and NCS Game Notes™ because our actions could possibly cause confusion in the marketplace. NCS respects trademarks and ©opyrights since we also own trademarks and copyrighted material so we're obliging even though we think it's a bit of a stretch... but whatever.
From this day forth, the word "Wiimote" has been banished from N©S' shopping sites and replaced with the word "Wii Remote™." We
wastedspent about an hour on Friday making sure the term "Wiimote" was waxed from the NCS shopping experience.