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Trademark Trouble: Asterix versus MobiliX.org

Aug 06, 2001, 17:26 (31 Talkback[s])

wehe writes:

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 computer devices.

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.

Werner Heuser

PS: You may find current information about this case here.

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