Community: MobiliX.org Is Now TuxMobil.org
Feb 22, 2003, 04:00 (14 Talkback[s])
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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
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
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
A detailed documentation of the case, including information
about other projects under siege, and the written statements of the
TuxMobil lawyers, is available online.