Psion and Intel have settled their legal battle over the use of the word 'netbook'.
Since early 2008, Intel has been using the term to refer to small, cheap, low-powered subnotebooks, and the chipmaker's Atom chipset has become by far the most popular engine for such machines. However, the British PDA maker Psion registered a trademark for 'netbook' in a filing with the US Patent and Trademark Office in 1996. The company, which is now called Psion Teklogix and based in Canada, introduced a handheld device called the NetBook Pro earlier this decade but no longer sells the product.
Just before Christmas 2008, Psion began sending out cease-and-desist letters to manufacturers and news outlets that used the word 'netbook' while referring to the newer devices. Psion also sued Intel over use of the trademark.
On Monday, Psion issued a statement in which it said that it and Intel had "settled the trademark cancellation and infringement litigation brought in the Northern District of California relating to the 'Netbook' trademark registration".
"The litigation has been settled through an amicable agreement under which Psion will voluntarily withdraw all of its trademark registrations for 'Netbook'," the statement read. "Neither party accepted any liability. In light of this amicable agreement, Psion has agreed to waive all its rights against third parties in respect of past, current or future use of the 'Netbook' term."
Neither party has given details of any possible financial element to the settlement.