Psion battles Intel, Dell over "Netbook" trademark

Submitted by patentadmin on Tue, 03/03/2009 - 21:59

Intel and Dell are in a trademark battle with Psion over Psion's trademark on the term "netbook," which Psion trademarked for use with a line of notebook computers that were last sold in 2003. Intel and Dell argue that Psion has lost its trademark through years of disuse and that in the interim, the public has adopted the term "netbook" as a generic term to describe "extensions of the notebook category, smaller computers purpose-built for mobile Internet access."

In late 2008, Psion sent out "cease and desist" letters to several manufacturers of mini-notebooks. The letters didn't specify consequences for continued use of the term "netbook" but did suggest that such use would damage their trademark.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 05/03/2009 - 19:51


I did not know so many companies were argueing over patent infringement. I guess I also figured Netbook or Notebook were generic terms, too.

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