Psion and Intel Settle on Netbook Trademark

Marketing execs around the world can now breathe a collective sigh of relief. It is now safe to call your netbook a netbook again. Psion and Intel have settled the trademark dispute for “Netbook”, in what Psion is calling an “amicable agreement”. Checkout the press release here.

Psion PLC announces that Psion and Intel Corporation have settled the trade mark cancellation and infringement litigation brought in the Northern District of California relating to the ‘Netbook’ trademark registration.

The litigation has been settled through an amicable agreement under which Psion will voluntarily withdraw all of its trademark registrations for ‘Netbook’. Neither party accepted any liability. In light of this amicable agreement, Psion has agreed to waive all its rights against third parties in respect of past, current or future use of the ‘Netbook’ term.

Kudos to Intel and Psion for bringing this issue to an end.

  

Comments

  1. Todd says

    I can’t help but wonder if this trademark infringement issue was partly just a ploy to get Psion’s machines a bit more publicity since they have been largely forgotten by consumers and the media. I do realize that they have been marketing mainly to businesses, but a few years ago they got a lot more press.

  2. Sumocat says

    It’s safe to assume Psion didn’t think they could put the toothpaste back in the tube here, so they didn’t have a real alternative other than to settle, but I researched the history of the “netbook” form factor thoroughly and found Intel was instrumental in genericizing the term, effectively destroying Psion’s trademark. Damage was inflicted. Reparations should be made. What amazes me is that Intel was able to do so without people realizing they had done it. Their power does not impress me so much as their ability to wield it so subtly.

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