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Community: MobiliX.org Is Now TuxMobil.org

Feb 22, 2003, 04:00 (14 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Werner Heuser)

Because of the most recent verdict of the German appelate court, the MobiliX Project has changed its name and domain to TuxMobil. This decision was made by TuxMobil owner Werner Heuser even as the software businessman regroups to continue the battle.

Hauser is already asking the highest German court to appeal the latest decision on the trademark suit that was leveled against his company by French publisher Les Edition Albert René. If this request is successful, the appeals process could take up to four years.

Les Edition Albert René is the publisher of the comic strip Asterix, which has a character named Obelix. The publisher maintained that MobiliX was guilty of trademark infringment on this character, and that Heuser was trying to take advantage of the Obelix name.

This is not the first such trademark suit Les Edition Albert René has inititated. Many of the previous suits were settled out of court as the defendants were unable to launch a full-scale legal battle against the publisher.

While the case still awaits appeal, Heuser would either have to give up the MobiliX name or pay a fee of €200,000 to keep using it. Thus, the decision was made to give the name up for now.

A detailed documentation of the case, including information about other projects under siege, and the written statements of the TuxMobil lawyers, is available online.

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