Netbook Patent War

Did you know that the word "netbook" is actually patented? The patent is owned by a US electronics company called Psion Teklogix.

Psion filed for word trademark when it released 2 computing products, The Psion Netbook and Netbook Pro, early this century. These products have since been discontinued by Psion but the company still makes Netbook accessories.

In December 2008, a Cease and Desist letter was sent by Psion's legal counsel to several netbook enthusiast sites -- asking them to stop the use of the word 'Netbook' and remove it in their content or face legal action by the patent holder.

The Psion C&D letter -- Photo Credit: jKOnTheRun

Yesterday, Engadget reported that electronics-giant Dell finally files a petition with the United States Patent and Trademark Office requesting for the cancellation of Psion's "netbook" trademark.

Dell's Petition
Photo Credit: Engadget

And why not? The word Netbook is now so widely used that it could well be considered as public property.

What will Psion do next? We couldn't be more eager to find out.











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