Rumor: Trademark battle over the term “netbook” ends in a settlement?
It’s been a while since we checked in on the trademark dispute between Intel and Psion over the term “netbook.” Last I’d heard, the two companies were busy throwing legal documents at one another to establish whether the term was generic, whether Psion had been actively taking steps to protect it, and so on. Now French site Blogeee reports that the two companies have reached a settlement.
According to Blogeee, Psion has basically decided to give up and let other computer makers refer to their products as netbooks. There’s no word on whether Intel is giving up anything in the deal, or if Psion folded for another reason. (Perhaps things weren’t going the company’s way in court, or the legal costs were too high).
I haven’t seen any confirmation of the agreement from Psion, Intel, or any of the other parties involved in the dispute yet. But Pierre at Blogeee assures me that his source is quite reliable.