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Psion Relinquishes Netbook Trademark

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Psion Relinquishes Netbook Trademark

Speculation as to the consequences should Psion succeed in its quest to take control of the 'netbook' moniker as used by just about everyone, despite it - it was argued - being a brand name and as such Psion's property. Psion has reached an agreement with Intel - its initial target - having reached "an amicable agreement under which Psion will voluntarily withdraw all of its trademark registrations for ‘Netbook'.

As a result Psion won't be taking any action against any third party over past present or future use of the term netbook, which means we're all safe using the term to refer to sub-notebooks. Of the 10.6in or below, atom-powered, cheap variety, not the number of many not-a-netbooks - I'm looking at you Sony P-series (too expensive), and Asus Eee PC S101 (too expensive) and Dell Mini 12 (too large).

Quite how Intel and Psion settled the dispute us unknown. Considering Psion was asking for over a billion dollars in damages, it seems likely Intel negotiated a financial agreement. Although it could be argued that the resurgence of the netbook name has done more good than harm to Psion - a brand that had become pretty much unknown in the last few years. Whatever the arrangement, it's undoubtedly to the good of us all. "Small Atom-powered, low cost notebook computer" doesn't have quite the same ring to it.

We all know there is only one true Netbook, though.

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Tony Walker

June 2, 2009, 5:06 am

Come on Psion, produce a proper "Netbook" based on the chassis of the Series 7 and show them all how it's done.





From a long time Psion owner and fan (yes, including their software in the early 80's).

SweetFA

June 2, 2009, 1:42 pm

So my Asus EEE 701 which doesn't have the Atom processor isn't a netbook then?

TheFlyingGerbil

June 3, 2009, 5:25 am

With all the copyright trolling going on in the tech world, this sounded to me like one of the few that actually had legs.

gareth edwards

June 3, 2009, 1:42 pm

Poor old Psion - I actually feel a bit sorry for them but in a fist fight with intel the winner's name was already on the cup. But like Hugo says the benefit to Psion may be the shot in the arm they need. Like a lot of great technology their stuff appeared a few years before we were ready for it and they suffered for it, perhaps a big wedge of cash can get them back to being a contender again?

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