This is an interesting update on the Netbook trademark brouhaha.
Dell and Intel are two of the largest players to dispute Psion’s claims. They claim that Psion abandoned the term, that it’s become generic, and that Psion has fraudulently tried to hold onto the term even though it has stopped selling its Netbook and Netbook Pro computers. Earlier this month Psion filed court documents claiming that it is too selling Netbooks. Just not very many of them. And they’re all old stock. The company did stop producing them a few years back.
This week Intel flat out called Psion a liar. Intel filed a court document (PDF Link) that disputes the fact that Psion has sold any Netbook in the US after 2003. This is based on information on Psion’s website. And if it’s on the internet it must be true, right? Of course, it’s possible that Psion continued to sell the computers through brochures and direct sales to industry clients – which is basically what Psion already claimed. But it looks like Intel is trying to get Psion to prove its case by handing over more specific sales figures and other documents.