by Mike Masnick
Tue, Mar 3rd 2009 3:41pm
Late last year, Psion kicked off an attempt to reclaim the "netBook" trademark the company had largely abandoned years earlier, now that it was suddenly popular for reasons that had nothing to do with Psion's old discontinued netBook product. After making a big stink about it, both Dell and Intel moved to have Psion's trademark cancelled as abandoned. However, Psion is fighting back, not just with a response to the request to cancel, but with a lawsuit against Intel on a number of different fronts. Psion is claiming unfair business practices and also challenging Intel for "cybersquatting" on the netbook.com domain name. Of course, given that Psion was selling its product long before Intel had the name, you have to wonder how that's cybersquatting? Shouldn't Psion have tried to acquire the name back when it actually mattered? In the end, it seems like Psion is spending an awful lot of money to try to get the goodwill put into the "netbook" name by others over the past year and a half. It's a pretty obvious abuse of trademark law that hopefully a court will slap down.
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