Psion relents: ‘netbook’ ok to describe chubby cheap laptops lacking power

I have to make one statement on behalf of Psion. I used Psion 5 for a few years and it was the best handheld. They upgraded it to Psion 7 Netbook pictured here before they sold the OS to nokia and moved on. They made awesome machines. The typical microsoft program has so many bugs until it becomes an amicable product. Psion was made for probably 20 countries with keyboard and software and what not. They were ahead of time in their designs as their last statement about closing up said then. They could not improve their systems any more. Netbook is what they created. What these companies will sell for billions of dollars was invented for them but did not have a big market. They deserve some doe.


via Engadget by Thomas Ricker on 6/1/09

As the world’s attention turns from netbooks to smartbooks, Psion and Intel have ceased battle over use of the former term. Remember, this ridiculous case escalated to the point of Psion claiming $1.2 billion (billion!) in damages suffered as a result of infringement on its netbook trademark for a product few have heard of outside of the highly specialized supply chain logistics area. The “amicable” agreement reached with Intel has Psion voluntarily withdrawing its trademark. What wasn’t said in the press release is how much money was extorted from the industry or the net effect on Psion sales from all the free publicity. Regardless, we’re sure it’s been a profitable exercise for Psion Teklogix. Now, could the obscure owner of the “smartbook” trademark please step forward to collect your prize?

[Via Slashgear]

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