Dell battles over 'Netbook' trademark

From CNET Here's how you know how enamored Dell is with the Netbook concept: it's volunteered to fight over the trademark on behalf of all other Netbook makers.

On Wednesday the PC maker filed a petition with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to cancel a registered trademark for the term "Netbook" by a company called Psion.

Psion is a Canadian mobile computer maker that owns the trademark and indeed has sold a product called Netbook in the past. Psion began sending some tech bloggers and Netbook makers cease-and-desist notices late last year asking them to stop using the term "Netbook." It's what you're supposed to do when you own a trademark: defend it.

But Dell is taking the legal step of accusing the company of failing to defend it properly, not actually using the term for any current products--or for the last six years--and for lying about it.

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