Franklin Sports

PATENT AND TRADEMARK INFRINGEMENT!!

This product from Franklin Sports and being sold by Walmart, Target and no doubt other stores is a clear infringement of our Patented product. Patent US 20130029794 A1 . Action is being taken.

 

THIS IS NOT A PLAYABOULE PRODUCT.

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  • The product is a poor copy of our V3 design. But is missing key pieces.
  • The plugs are not water or sand proof. Because they skipped the secondary over molding process.
  • The balls are undersized at 100mm and light weight. Ours are regulation sized at 107mm and the set is 30% heavier.
  • The bag is no more than a drawing string sack made from the same materials as a cheap shopping bag. See images below
  • Solid on LED only. Ours has an IC that has both flashing and solid on built into the circuit board. Push button once and it flashes, push again and on solid, push a third time and LED turns off.
  • No extra batteries. We include a second fresh set of 27 batteries.
  • Its more expensive
  • The product quality is very poor.
  • We have free 2-3 day shipping.

Compare plugs.


Compare plugs

Note in the image below on the left is the Franklin plug. The LED bulb is poorly soldered and losse, the white cap does not fit properly, the washer they did add is crimped so will not screw in properly, when screwed into the ball the threads are loose. There is no secondary molding on the Franklin copy so there is a hole in the plug where water, sand etc can enter. The Playaboule plug has a softer plastic membrane that covers the switch. So it is sealed and water/grit/sand proof when the plug is screwed into the ball.
Franklin copy a

Franklin draw string bag.

Franklin-bag

Our carry bag.


Playaboule bag

Incredible

Worst is we actually paid for the plug molds for this product. They are using our plastic and metal parts!!!!. The quality control of the Chinese manufacturer did not come close to meeting our standards. So we did not do a production run.

Trademark infringement

Franklin actually uses images of our trademarked logo, Playaboule!!! On the colored cardboard box and on their website and then shared to Target, Walmart and others is our trademarked logo is on the red ball!!

Our logo on the red ball, seen on both the online description and the product colored carton. Actual image off their website!!

Playaboule-logo

Franklin Sports description of their product page and copied by Walmart, Target and no doubt others.

The description of the product is just not true.


"Franklin's Light-up Bocce revolutionizes a long time fun family game by creating a new element that's been lacking in the sport. Each bocce ball comes equipped with a recessed power button that helps maximize the length of play. The easy twist design is the first of its kind that allows the user to replace the batteries over time. This new feature that's not seen amongst the industry keeps the family playing for years! "

Yes is it has the recessed button because its our patented product and using our molds to produce the parts.
It is NOT the first of its kind and NOT a new feature that hasn't been seen in the industry. We have been selling our V3 model for years. With more than 300,000 balls sold.

Franklin's Light-up Bocce revolutionizes a long time fun family game by creating a new element that's been lacking in the sport. Each bocce ball comes equipped with a recessed power button that helps maximize the length of play. The easy twist design is the first of its kind that allows the user to replace the batteries over time. This new feature that's not seen amongst the industry keeps the family playing for years! When not being used for nighttime play, this set is still great for any family backyard event with its differentiating color scheme. Grab your set and come join the party. - See more at: http://franklinsports.com/shop/light-up-bocce-set#sthash.kPQ8h8Z1.dpuf
Franklin's Light-up Bocce revolutionizes a long time fun family game by creating a new element that's been lacking in the sport. Each bocce ball comes equipped with a recessed power button that helps maximize the length of play. The easy twist design is the first of its kind that allows the user to replace the batteries over time. This new feature that's not seen amongst the industry keeps the family playing for years! When not being used for nighttime play, this set is still great for any family backyard event with its differentiating color scheme. Grab your set and come join the party. - See more at: http://franklinsports.com/shop/light-up-bocce-set#sthash.kPQ8h8Z1.dpuf