Psion Responds Again in the Netbook Naming Wars

save-the-netbooks-campaign-fights-the-impending-trademark-threatGeez, I take a long lunch so I can go lay on the chiropractor’s table for a little work out and Psion Teklogix decides to respoind about the recent legal actions from Dell and Intel. As expected, Psion doesn’t look to be giving up without a figh. In fact they are tossing out some of their own gauntlets.

Our good friend James Kendrick has the inside scoop as he received a letter from Psion stating that Dell and Intel are wrong when they claim that Psion isn’t still selling its products. Here’s a quote:

I can quite understand why people might have assumed that sales ceased a while back — it’s not as if the product has been in Best Buy.   But those people simply had no access to Psion’s confidential sales information.

So the facts are that, although manufacture has been discontinued, sales in the US and EU have not.       And its continuing sales that are important to preventing a trademark from becoming abandoned.   We’ll of course be setting the record straight in our court filings.

As I have been saying all along, those who think this is over just because Dell and Intel decided to defend their positions need to let this thing ride its legal course. We’re far from hearing any Fat Lady sing in this opera.


I also notice that another good friend and colleague Brad Linder at Liliputing is asking a queston that many are probably asking as well. Why did Psion wait so long and allow the term to become, as many claim, almost generic? The answer there is, I’m guessing, that it raises the stakes much higher for any potential settlement.