As an OEM, is it legal to use branded motherboards, such as ASUS in our own enclosures. I am aware that the other parts get used by major computer makers such as HP. However they usually make their own motherboard or get a third party to make it but brand it as their own.

I wish to use a branded motherboard instead so do I need to do anything to make sure I still oblige to the law.

  • Why do you think it isn't? If you were building a car would you think you couldn't use Toyota parts in its engine?
    – Dale M
    Nov 29 '15 at 22:57
  • because the only thing in a standard laptop that is usually branded by the PC maker is the motherboard so maybe using that in a commercial product requires permission? retail and OEM are different things. For retailers its fine to get parts from other companies, however OEM's use different licensing to what retail hardware and software does. OEM generally means that something is 'attached' to a certain PC, retail means it can be used or duplicated on several systems. Nov 29 '15 at 23:35
  • So, what does your contract say then?
    – Dale M
    Nov 29 '15 at 23:37
  • there is no contract so far, I don't know what motherboards to get yet note: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Value-added_reseller, usually parts that play a role in an end product come from OEM's however in the case of motherboards the company that has end product is the OEM. Nov 29 '15 at 23:38
  • Are you planning on selling these items? Have all the oem parts been acquired legally? What country is this question for? Could you give more details about what it is you're doing?
    – Viktor
    Nov 30 '15 at 15:47

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