Intel Realizes No One Is Going To Confuse A Newsletter About Mexico With Its Processors [Update]

from the about-time dept

Last year, we wrote about Intel’s trademark lawyers getting over aggressive in suing the owners of the Mexico Watch newsletter for using the domain name In this case, it was clear that “intel” was the commonly abbreviated version of “intelligence,” and no one was going to be confused and think that a newsletter about Mexico had anything to do with a company making microprocessors. For whatever reason, it appears that common sense has finally prevailed, and we’ve been alerted to the fact that Intel has dropped its lawsuit. Or not. Instead, it appears the details are that the court dismissed most of the claims, but left Intel the right to amend and refile its complain — which Intel tells us it’s going to do. We’ve asked for more info from Intel on its reasoning.

Of course, a simpler course of action would have been to have not sued in the first place…

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Ron Coleman (profile) says:

Alert this.

Mike, I don’t know what I did to deserve this level of casual contempt, but whatever it is that caused you to upload an order that says “Claim eight is denied all remaining claims are dismissed” and describe this as “Intel has dropped its lawsuit,” I promise, I did not do it on purpose.

In fact, Intel dropped nothing. Representing the defendant pro bono, we made a full dress motion to dismiss under Rule 12(b)(6)–also ignored in this space despite my own link bank to your original story in my blog post on the subject — and we won it.

And Intel, in fact, has promised that it will not only file an amended complaint, but will do so in far less than the 30 days alloted by the court’s entirely cursory order. And it is cursory. But it is, also, very clearly an order, not a voluntary dismissal.


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