Wicked Lasers began selling the Arctic Pro Spyder III laser online earlier this year. The laser device has attracted attention due to the strength of the beam (1000 times the legal Australian limit) and its uncanny likeness to the famous Star Wars weapon.
However, its popularity has attracted the attention of Lucasfilm Ltd, which has now ordered Wicked Lasers to "cease and desist any use of the lightsaber copyrights and trade dress by modifying the design of the Pro Arctic Laser".
"Allegations of Wicked Lasers using any association to the Lucasfilm Star Wars light saber in our design or in our promotion of the Spyder III Arctic handheld laser are not based on fact and their demands will not be satisfied," News.com.au quoted Steve Liu, CEO of Wicked Lasers as saying.
Liu conceded that there were similarities between the two devices, namely that "they are both cylindrical, handheld, and dangerous to use without following safety protocol" but they have one important difference. "The blue diode (of the Spyder III) is the result of decades of scientific research by laser pioneer Shuji Nakamura," he said. "The other is from the ingenious creativity of George Lucas," he added.