Community: MobiliX: The Gauls Want a Second Round in Court
Aug 16, 2002, 11:00 (12 Talkback[s])
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Though the publisher of the Obelix character has lost the charge
against the trademark MobiliX, the Gauls want a second round in
Even before the end of the appeals deadline, Lés Editions
Albert René filed an appeal against the decision against
them from the German court this Monday. The lawyers on both sides
have until September 26 to provide new arguments.
Lés Editions Albert René had sued technology firm
MobiliX for about US$250,000 for using a name which--according to
the suit--might be mistaken for the trademarked comic book
character Obelix. But during the initial trial phase, the Munich
court rejected this argument.
The judges of the case ruled that the trademark MobiliX is
derived from the word "Mobil" and the abbrevation "iX"--an
abbrevation that is very common for UNIX projects.
Apparently the plaintiff is unsatisfied with this decision. Not
only are they proceeding with this appeal, the French publisher
also filed suits against the German Linux project Masterix and the
German firm Skrobelix company was charged and the same day the
MobiliX appeal was filed.
Due to the high risk involved in losing a tradmarek dispute,
both companies are already speculating changing their names.
MobiliX, thus far, is standing firm in its defense.