As many Windows Mobile website readers are aware, there was a recent trademark issue regarding Smartphone homescreen designer Kleinweder’s use of Windows logos, which caused his site to shut down for a few days. Mike Temporale of Smartphone Thoughts gives us a good update on the situation. Here’s his summary of a message from someone at Microsoft:
So here’s the deal.
Someone here mentioned about allowing Klienweder to license the Windows Mobile logo and this is the exact problem. Microsoft does license the logo to Mobile Operators and Device Manufacturers that have passed the minimum requirements for a WinMo device. It is also licensed to certian applications via the Mobile2Market program – again these programs have acheived a certian standards level.
So here’s where things get awkward. There is no certification or standards level for themes. Anyone is welcome to create as good or bad a theme as they like. All Microsoft was trying (albiet poorly) to say, was that he has to stop using the logo inside his themes because it’s not licensed and by using the logo, he is saying that his work has been approved by Microsoft. And that’s just not the case.
So it’s not the Microsoft is out to kill the little guy or destroy the community. Thankfully, this was all the result of poor communication and everything should return to normal.