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curlytalegames:
I'm working on an open source project that requires I2C. I switched to using an M5 Stack Core 2 which unfortunately has a Grove connector which is proprietary and only sold by seeed. It's not like it's that innovative, it's basically just a JST connector.

I designed a 3D printed connector that tightly slips on some 2mm header.

I'd like to use this connector in my open source project as well as release this file for free. If I did that would I get sued?


DrG:
Anybody can sue anybody for anything.

I am not a  lawyer.

Ask a lawyer. Ask SEED Seeed.

I would not call those connectors proprietary. I have a board or two from them and bought mating connectors without difficulty.

What are you worried that you are infringing upon?

curlytalegames:
I haven't run into issues sourcing the parts, I'm more interested in allowing people to have more than one choice and I feel that their connector is not inovative or unique. I'm a big fan of open source software and hardware so I want things to be free and open.

What I'm worried about is if I release the 3D files for free and use it in my project they will sue me.

I suppose I could reach out to seeed and ask for permission to upload the file to be safe, I just feel like I shouldn't have to. If I were seeed and if someone asked if they could open source one of my products I'd tell them no.

DrG:
I don't know what else to tell you. If you are that worried then don't do it because I just can't imagine that anyone here is going to sincerely reduce your worry and you don't want to ask a lawyer or Seeed.

There certainly does seem to be a lot of connection options out there and not just from Seeed

https://wiki.seeedstudio.com/Grove_System/#grove-to-4-pin-femalemale-jumper

https://shop.m5stack.com/products/connector-grove-to-grove-pin-servo?variant=16804768186458 (and yes I see that it is not identical to yours).

https://www.stlfinder.com/3dmodels/grove-connector/

https://grabcad.com/library/grove-connectors-stand-and-flat-male-plugs-1

Your Search for "grove sensor" - 1,166 printable 3D Models
https://www.yeggi.com/q/grove+sensor/

Are you sure that "yours" is not already out there?

Lindley:

--- Quote from: curlytalegames on December 19, 2021, 04:09:16 pm ---

I designed a 3D printed connector that tightly slips on some 2mm header.

I'd like to use this connector in my open source project as well as release this file for free. If I did that would I get sued?

--- End quote ---

Importantly, please specify what your Assets are in terms of property owned, life savings and pension funds etc  otherwise there is little point in their lawyers wasting time on you !  :-DD

Connectors like that have been produced worldwide for decades  by companies like Molex, so they probably have more of a case to sue Seeed for any patent infingement, which I doubt there are anyway.

Its a useful and neat bit of 3D design but seeing your image above think most 3D priniter owners would soon be able to make their own part.   ;)


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