Looks like things are heating up with the netbook copyright wars. After Psion claims a trademark over the word “netbook”, Dell and Intel are challenging Psion.
In a nutshell, Dell claims that the term is generic and that Psion has abandoned the trademark. Psion hasn’t produced a computer with the netbook name in years, and currently only sells peripherals to support older machines. Psion was also kind of absent during most of 2007 and 2008 when the whole tech world started referring to a new class of computing devices as “netbooks.”
- Intel claims that “there is no alternative term with any appreciable usage that describes the netbook category.”
- Intel describes netbooks as “small, inexpensive, and contain less processing power, making them optimal for connecting to the internet (or “net).”
- The company points out that chip makers, computer manufacturers, major retailers, and news organizations have all used the term to describe products including the Acer Asprie One, Samsung NC10, and MSI Wind.