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Lenovo lawyers force Framework to alter its 3D-printed mini-PC case

The first iteration of the Framework 'Desktop' has been cut short by Lenovo. (Image source: Framework)
The first iteration of the Framework 'Desktop' has been cut short by Lenovo. (Image source: Framework)
Framework now allows Framework Laptop owners to re-use their old motherboards as a mini-PC, courtesy of a 3D-printed case. However, it did not take Lenovo's lawyers to claim an infringement, causing Framework to drop its current design. Framework has turned a negative into a positive though, with a competition for Framework fans.

At the start of the month, Linus Tech Tips demonstrated what they called the Framework Desktop, a mini-PC case for a Framework Laptop's motherboard. For context, Framework allows owners to swap their motherboards for newer models, in this case 11th Gen Intel Core to 12th Gen Intel Core processors. While the design looks fairly innocuous, Lenovo thinks the power button design infringes on the Legion logo.

It is worth noting that Framework included the three bars that connect the button to the broader chassis because of the limitations of 3D printing. In short, it would be improbable to create a floating power button with most 3D printers. Regardless, Lenovo adds that people may mistakenly believe that the case and the motherboard within it are related to Lenovo and the Legion brand. We have reproduced Lenovo's objection below, which refers to the case's power button as a 'Broken O Design'. 

Unsurprisingly, Framework does not fancy getting into a legal dispute with Lenovo. Instead, Framework is crowdfunding a new logo from its fans. According to the same Twitter post, whoever designs the 'best newer power button' will win a free Core i5-1135G7-powered motherboard. Framework states that its CEO will judge entries subjectively, which can be submitted until the end of August 25 PDT. Winners will then be announced on August 26. Seemingly, you can submit your entries in the ensuing Twitter thread. 

(Image source: Framework)
(Image source: Framework)
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Alex Alderson, 2022-08-19 (Update: 2022-08-19)