The site MobiliX is dedicated
to "Mobile UniX systems" on laptops, PDAs, cell phones and more. It
leads you to a lot of useful hands-on information about installing
and running Linux and BSD on laptops, PDAs and other mobile
In June 2001 I have got a request from the German legal
representative of Les Editions Albert Rene (Paris) holder of the
trademarks "Asterix" and "Obelix" , to unregister the name MobiliX,
otherwise they would take legal action.
MobiliX is an acronym of the words "mobile" and "UniX". To avoid
any legal trouble with this name I have registered the name at the
German trademark register last year. It is a common practice to
build new names for Unix related topics from a word naming the
topic and adding the letters "iX" at the end. Some examples are:
AIX, Eurix (Comfood), Sinix (Siemens-Nixdorf), SkroBelix, Skyrix,
Ultrix, Xenix. The German computer magazine iX is even just named
by these letters. The name Unix itself is a registered trademark of
AT&T, X/Open. Also the name Mobilix is already registered for a
German manufacturer of children furniture. I don't intend to make
any references to Asterix and Obelix on my web pages.
My lawyer has written these arguments to the legal
representative of Les Editions Albert Rene. But the laywer
announced to continue to take legal action.
Please mail me if you have any information about similar
trademarks or other means to help. I will also ask the Free
Software Foundation - FSF for assistance.
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