by Mike Masnick
Thu, Feb 19th 2009 7:59pm
It looks like the effort to save the "Netbook" name from Psion's rather weak attempt to reclaim the trademark after abandoning it for about six years has picked up some corporate support. Dell has filed a petition with the USPTO, asking it to cancel Psion's trademark, noting (accurately) that Psion hasn't used the mark in commerce for six years and failed to properly defend it, thus effectively giving up the trademark. Psion will undoubtedly fight this, but it's difficult to see why they should be able to keep the trademark on netbooks, considering the company has had nothing to do with the current success of the term.
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