Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 20th Feb 2009 16:41 UTC
Legal I recently joked that we might want to rename OSNews to CourtNews, and with each passing day that silly joke seems to become less silly. This week, it became clear that Psion Teklogix, the company behind various small computing devices back in the '90s, has started an all-out legal offensive to prohibit other companies from using the term "netbook".
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Didn't Intel come up with this?
by gfacer on Fri 20th Feb 2009 18:10 UTC
gfacer
Member since:
2005-11-10

Wasn't the name coined, this time around, by Intel.

If so, their legal team should throw there weight around a little.

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savethenetbooks Member since:
2009-02-20

This issue (among others) is treated on our blog: http://blog.savethenetbooks.com/2009/02/conspiracy-theories-about-n... .

Save the Netbooks

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memson Member since:
2006-01-01

Wasn't the name coined, this time around, by Intel.

If so, their legal team should throw there weight around a little.


No. You can't coin a term that already existed. The act of coining it implies you were the originator. Intel is just another big bully not doing market research properly. They obviously didn't do any checks for prior usage.

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kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

oh, come on. People will continue to call them NetBooks whether Psion like it not. It'll become yet another brand turned into a generic name - just as people now refer to MP3 players as iPods, vacuum cleaners as hoovers etc. Its hardly a new thing.

If I was Psion I would be happy that people now finally got the name out there - heck, why not do a campaign along the lines of 'the original Netbook company' or something to that effect.

I swear these companies, when they're given lemons, instead of making lemonade they turn around and sue the person stating they wanted oranges instead.

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