Psion sues Intel over netbook name for $1.2 billion

By Justin Mann on March 2, 2009, 6:53 PM
In the ongoing clash between netbook manufacturers, the courts and Psion, the latter has delivered the next blow. Even though they are facing down Dell, Intel and others who are trying stop Psion's progress, the owner of the “netbook” trademark has filed a $1.2 Billion countersuit against Intel.

The assertion Psion makes is that Intel (along with anybody else who manufactures netbooks) knew that Psion owned the “netbook” trademark, but willingly adopted the name anyway. What harm that would cause to Psion, who hasn't sold a device using the “netbook” moniker in five years, isn't clear. What is clear, however, is their willingness to sue companies now, after the netbook market has taken off. Soon, all of this will head to the courts – and it seems unlikely that Psion will get their way.

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