Psion hits back at Intel in ‘netbook’ row

The personal organiser manufacturer is seeking millions in damages from chip giant over its use of the word “netbook”A bitter dispute has broken out between Psion, the PC manufacturer, and Intel, the chip maker, over the use of the term “netbook”.Psion Teklogix, a maker of personal computers most famous for its Organiser device, is defending its claim to “netbook” as a trademark, granted in the 1990s when it launched a range of “netBook” computers. Intel and other companies, including the computer maker Dell, want to be able to use the word generically, claiming that it has passed into widespread public use. Psion has accused Intel of “wilful and malicious” marketing of netbook-branded products and is suing for millions of pounds in damages.

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