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Member #534453

Member Since: March 21, 2014

Country: United States

  • I want to make a comment regarding the following statement:

    We also do so because it is a matter of safety for our customers. Our tools are used in high-energy industrial environments, where precision and safety is an absolute necessity.

    I'm sure this attitude seems perfectly reasonable to the execs at Fluke, but I find it insulting. Fluke's customers are smart people who will not mistake a copy from a real Fluke meter unless it is a counterfeit product, using the Fluke name and logo, a product name such as "87-V". In fact, I think just about anyone is smart enough to understand the difference between an original and a copycat or "clone" product as long as the copy has different company and product names on it.

    Too much is being excused on the grounds of "safety". People in Britain complain about their government becoming a "nanny state", and it is happening in the USA and other countries, too. In my opinion, Fluke should not be a part of this, or take advantage of it.

    Traditional trademark law allowed protecting the manufacturer's name and product name, along with an identifying logo. In my opinion, this is completely justifiable to avoid counterfeiting of products, and this degree of protection is completely sufficient by itself. Again in my opinion, considering the shape and color of a product to be a trademark is simply a corruption of the ideas behind trademarks, and can easily be abused, as has happened in this incident.

    As with many other people, I find the modern idea of so-called "intellectual property" to be corrupt. It is for people (really, usually corporations) who are greedy and selfish, and are often unable to compete on fair terms, hiding under legal protections to survive or maximize profits, often using anti-competitive business practices. I have always thought of Fluke as an industry leader and a healthy business that has no need for this kind of thing.

    I've read that Fluke was started by people from the WWII generation who were proud of the USA and being American. I suggest a re-examination of Fluke's corporate policy to help make America once again into a country that people -- including young engineers, can be proud of.

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