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Trademark Trouble: Asterix versus MobiliX

Mar 22, 2002, 23:30 (15 Talkback[s])

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"In June 2001 I have got an informal request from the German legal representative of Les Éditions Albert René (Paris) holder of the trademarks "Asterix" and "Obelix" , to unregister the name MobiliX, otherwise they would take legal action. Together with my lawyer I have tried to find an arrangement, to satisfy both parts. I have announced this case to the Free Software Foundation - FSF and in public to the Free Software Community. Many people have written to Les Éditions Albert René (Paris) the holder of the trademarks. Other people have provided a list of projects with similar names ending on "iX"... This list has grown quite big, therefore it's not continued anymore.

"But this didn't succeed. In November 2001 MobiliX has been legally charged to withdraw the trademark, to pay a compensation and more. The charge is up to app. 250.000 USD or six months prison. The costs of the first legal level are app. 15.000 USD. I have decided to take another lawyer Jaschinski, Biere & Brexl - JBB, which is a wellknown lawyer-society for legal problems of Free Software..."

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