On top of Psion getting rebuked by Dell
in their extortion endeavors, there's more bad news for the company that tried to squeeze money out of the "netbook" moniker. Now Intel is on the offensive and has decided to take Psion to court
, trying to force the court's hand to demand the cancellation of their trademark.
Intel argues the term netbook has become generic and widely used, with any related product that Psion ever had being now discontinued. Intel also is trying to clarify that the term netbook refers to a subset of laptops specifically designed for mobile Internet access. Given that Dell's petition is already moving forward
, Intel's actions are probably more of a "what if" defense. In either case, it appears that the term netbook isn't going anywhere.