A few weeks ago, I mentioned that a company called Psion had been notifying people that it owned the trademark for the word "netbook." The company produced a small computer under the name that had no significant sales and then the trademark sat unused for a long time until the world started calling the new batch of little computers netbooks.
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Dell has come out and decided to take a stand against Psion and has filed an application to appeal the trademark and have it overturned. Dell lists three basic reasons why the trademark should be overturned. According to a Dell filing the computer giant says Psion has abandoned the trademark and doesn't intend to resume bona fide trade using the name.
Dell also cites fraud claiming that the trademark was granted under false pretenses if the US Patent and Trademark office had known about false statements in the application and a false specimen. Dell also says that the term is now generic since the term is known widely known by the public to describe the cheap and low cost notebook systems. I agree with Dell and had Psion tried this in 2007 when the netbook craze started rather than waiting until the name was in heavy use things may have played out better for them.
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Via Laptop Mag