Weemote

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The Weemote

The Weemote is a television remote control made by Fobis Technologies that is designed for young children.

Design[edit]

The Weemote was designed for younger children to limit their ability to surf television channels, and also to partially serve as a learning tool. The remote looks like a toy with buttons that are different colors and specific shapes. Each button can be programmed to a specific television channel.[1] There are several variations of the product.

Trademark violation claims against Nintendo[edit]

The term "Weemote" was originally trademarked in 2000 by Fobis Technologies.[2] While spelled differently, the term "Weemote" is phonetically identical to "Wiimote", the unofficial term for the Wii Remote, Nintendo's controller for the Wii which debuted six years later in 2006.[2][3] Fobis Technologies claims this to be trademark infringement, however Nintendo does not actually use the term "Wiimote" in official promotional materials; many retailers that sell the Wii Remote do use the term.[3] Fobis sent out up to 100 cease and desist letters to retailers and have made offers to Nintendo for them to purchase the trademark.[2][3] Nintendo declined the offer, stating that it "does not use and does not plan to use the Weemote trademark".[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fobis Technologies Weemote Kids' Remote Control". Retrieved 2008-08-01. 
  2. ^ a b c Padgett, Tim (2008-07-18). "The Weemote vs. Wiimote Tiff". TIME.com. Retrieved 2008-08-01. 
  3. ^ a b c "Small Firm's Weemote Came First, But Steamrolled by Nintendo's Wiimote". GamePolitics.com. 2008-07-23. Retrieved 2008-08-01. 
  4. ^ "Nintendo Comments on Weemote-Wiimote Flap; Online Retailer Pressured". GamePolitics.com. 2008-07-24. Retrieved 2008-08-01. 

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