"Open Source" Trademark Policy

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Trademark Policy
Trademark Policy For Handibot
Handibot Trademark
Handibot Community Mark
Trademark Licensing
Events, User Groups, Goods, Etc.

Trademark Policy For Handibot

We’re delighted when people use, develop, and spread the word about the Handibot® Smart Power Tool, but we want to make sure that when people see the Handibot trademark they can expect to receive goods and services that are consistent with our ethos.

That’s why we’ve written this policy.

ShopBot Tools, Inc. (“ShopBot”) is the exclusive owner in the rights in the word ‘Handibot’ and its design, as well as other rights listed below (‘the Marks’). The Marks are registered in some countries, and we assert our unregistered rights worldwide.

Whenever you use our Marks, you must do so in accordance with this policy (although we do not try to control any uses which are legal under ‘fair use’ and similar rules, please consider this policy before any use of the Marks, even if you believe those rules apply).

The purpose of a trademark is to give purchasers assurance that a product or service is from a particular source, and that they can expect it be up to standards required by that source. This policy only permits you to use the Marks when we can be sure that the assurance can be maintained.

We also want to encourage the development of communities around the Handibot Smart Power Tool: communities developing the hardware, the firmware, and the software, as well as designs that can be made using the Handibot Smart Power tool. To help you do that, we’ve also developed a Handibot Community logo you can use to show your support and involvement.

Handibot Trademark

We want to ensure that any product or service you see bearing the Handibot name or logo has been supplied by ShopBot directly, or by an authorised supplier who is required to comply with our rigorous standards. Therefore, you may not apply the Handibot name or logo to any product or service except where it has been specifically supplied by us, or subject to a written license agreement with us, or in the following limited circumstances:

Services not endorsed by us, but relating to Handibot products

If you are providing services relating to our products, please refer to the product name in full, and do not use it at the beginning of the descriptor:

Permitted Not Permitted
Training for Handibot Smart Power Tool Handibot Training
Compatible with Handibot Smart Power Tool Handibot Compatible
Works with Handibot Power Tool Handibot Accessory

The former uses are permitted, but please ensure that your description is correct! If your accessory doesn’t work with the Handibot Smart Power Tool you may find yourself with claims from consumers and from consumer protection authorities.

The latter uses are not permitted without a specific license from us. These rules also apply to any use of words confusingly similar to ‘Handibot’.

Clearly, you cannot say things like “Certified for use with Handibot Smart Power Tool” unless we have given you such a certification.

We would also appreciate, where appropriate, an acknowledgment of our trademarks in the following form:

Handibot® is a registered trademark of Shopbot Tools, Inc.

If you see any violations of these rules, please contact us at trademark@shopbottools.com.

Handibot Community Mark

We also have a Handibot Community Mark. This is intended for use by organisations that support the Handibot Community, and is free to use for not-for-profit organisations within the guidelines set out below.

We’re grateful to everyone who contributes to our community by sharing their knowledge and expertise, through using and developing our tools, making how-to guides and videos, arranging and managing local communities, and setting up sites on social networking services. That’s why we’ve established the community marks to help you promote these services.

The Handibot Community Mark may be displayed in print or electronic form so long as the logo is used as provided without change, except in the case of proportional size adjustments to fit within a reasonable space.



Download Community Mark (.ai, .pdf, .eps)

When using the Handibot Community Mark, please link the community mark to the Handibot Online Community website at:  https://www.handibot.com

  • Use the community mark in online social networks to link to https://www.handibot.com
  • Use the community mark to advertise software/hardware projects that have been built for/with the Handibot Community
  • Use the community mark in blog posts or news articles about the Handibot Community

Please contact us for the following:

  • If you need the logo in additional formats or with variation
  • If you want to use the community mark in video or mainstream media
  • If you’d like a printed logo/decal to place at your business or community makerspace

Please do not use the Handibot Community Mark in any of the following ways:

  • As your project’s icon
  • In any variation other than what’s provided unless pre-approved by us
  • Integrated into your logo
  • Change the colors, dimensions, or add your own text or images

Trademark Licensing

If you wish to use the Handibot Mark on products or services you provide, please contact us for a licensing agreement at trademark@shopbottools.com

The agreement will set out :

  • The quality and specification of goods and services you provide
  • Provisions to allow us to monitor continued adherence to those quality standards
  • Provisions requiring you to provide us with production samples
  • Provisions for feeding back improvements in design and specification to us
  • A procedure for handling, recording, and monitoring customer queries and complaints
  • Provisions for re-certification where appropriate
  • Details about how and where you may use the marks, including use in social networking usernames and handles and domain names
  • Note: a licensing fee may apply

If you see Handibot licensed products and services, you can be sure they meet our rigorous quality standards.

Please contact us for more information about licensing.


Events, User Groups, Goods, Etc.


If you want to arrange a Handibot-focused event, you can either apply for a license from us, or you can use the Handibot Community Mark, provided you are a non-profit that complies with the Handibot Community guidelines.

User Groups 

We welcome the formation of Handibot user groups, provided that they are non-profit, and comply with the Handibot Community guidelines. You can use the Handibot Community Mark to promote them.

Promotional Goods

If you want to make and sell t-shirts, key fobs, glassware, and similar items to finance your Handibot Community (provided the revenues are devoted to covering running costs and not making a profit) then you can use the Handibot Community logo, in accordance with the guidelines.

If you want to make and sell items like this bearing the Handibot trademark, please contact us for details.

Consumables and Accessories

If you want to provide consumables or accessories for the Handibot Smart Power Tool, please call us for licensing terms.

Use of the trademark without our permission may be allowed under your local trademark law (as outlined above), but we would much rather you obtain a license from us, with the benefits of quality assurance that it will bring to your customers. Please contact us for more details.

You may not use the Handibot Community trademark on accessories or consumables.

Domain Names and Social Networking Handles

You may not use the word ‘Handibot’ or anything confusingly similar to it as part of any domain name (at any level) or social networking handle or username.

You may use the community mark on social networking pages and as part of a domain name provided that you comply with the Community Guidelines, and provided that you qualify the use of the mark as a fair representation of what it is used for. For example, ‘<communitymark> of Seattle’ would be acceptable, if your organisation genuinely represents the Handibot Community in Seattle. However, it would be unlikely that you would be able to use ‘<communitymark> of North America’ in a representative way. Any disputes will be dealt with in accordance with the Community Guidelines.


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