I am the developer of a mobile application that scans barcodes and QR codes. In addition to scanning codes, I also allow my users to create their own codes.

Recently I am considering adding more types of codes to generate, among which is the WhatsApp QR. This QR allows you to automatically open a conversation with a WhatsApp user by scanning the code.

In order to offer this functionality, I would need to use the "WhatsApp" trademark in addition to their logo. Meta has this page where it explains how their trademark can be used. After reading it I get the feeling that the type of use I want to give it would fall within the permitted use, but I'm not 100% convinced.

On the one hand, I would be using its commercial name and logo not as the main claim of my application, but as a definition of one of the many features of the app.

I have been analyzing other applications of the competition and I see that they do exercise this type of use. In addition, they also offer this feature with other brands such as Twitter or Facebook.

My question is if according to your opinion, you think that the type of use that I want to give to their name and logo would be within their third-party use policy.

  • 2 Things: 1) Get a lawyer you pay for a consultation, that can help you avoid pitfalls you haven't thought of. 2) Have said lawyer draft a request to WhatsApp Legal to inquire for an express license or statement on your use idea.
    – Trish
    Feb 28 at 14:40

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Ideally, you would say something like "Compatible with WhatsApp. Not endorsed or affiliated with WhatsApp."

If you do that, it would be a valid nominative use of the other company's trademark and would face a very low risk of an infringement action.

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