Dell Says No Netbook Trademark Needed

In the continuing saga over who can call a netbook a netbook, our colleagues over at jkOnTheRun note that Dell has filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for cancellation of Psion’s trademark for netbook. The JK guys first noted Psion sending out cease-and-desist orders to bloggers using the phrase netbook over the Christmas holidays, and later heard from the lawyer who said Psion was going after folks making money off of the term. Since Dell has attempted a sweeping trademark of its own, I wonder how the USPTO will look at its argument that the trademark should be cancled because of the “genericness” of the term netbook.

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