jkOnTheRun: Netbook Sites Getting Cease & Desist Letters over the Term Netbook

File this one under the category of very curious and worth watching.

James Kendrick posts tonight that some netbook enthusiast sites are receiving cease and desist letters over use of the term “netbook.”   Here’s a quote:


This is very preliminary but we are hearing that some netbook enthusiast sites are getting ““cease & desist” letters from a firm in the UK ordering the sites to stop using the term ““netbook”.   The letters claim that the term netbook is trademarked by the firm that produced the Psion netBook in the early 2000’s.

We have not received one of these letters but have corresponded with a site owner who did receive one and they were ordered to remove the term ““netbook” from content by March 2009 or face legal action.

Kendrick goes on to report that Psion Teklogix did produce a Netbook and Netbook Pro device that ran the EPOC OS and was a cross between a PDA and a laptop. Psion later discontinued the device but apparently still make accessories for it.

We haven’t received any such notice here at GBM yet, and we’ll certainly keep you updated on any further info we receive or hear.