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Intel Wants ‘Netbook’ Trademark Canceled

SAN JOSE (CN) - Intel sued Psion Teklogik in Federal Court, demanding cancellation of the "Netbook" trademark for little computers. Intel claims the public already uses the term generically, as "extensions of the notebook category, smaller computers purpose-built for mobile Internet access."

Intel claims Psion, of England, trademarked the term for its laptop computers, but discontinued its line of laptops in 2003. It says Psion launched the Psion Netbook Pro laptop in October 2003, but says that too has been discontinued.

Intel claims Psion can't reclaim the term, which allegedly has become generic, with a slightly different meaning.

Intel's lead attorney is Ian Boyd of San Francisco.

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