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|Trademark Trouble: Asterix versus MobiliX|
As already reported on 26.01.2002, Werner Heuser, administrator of the open source project MobiliX - UniX on Mobile Computers has received a request from the German legal representative of "LÚs Editions Albert RenÚ", owners of the trademark of the name Obelix, in November 2001. Werner Heuser sent the plaintiffs a 22 page response (PDF). His arguments were rejected, though, by the legal representative of the trademark owner.
Werner Heuser: "Remarkable in the document are the insults at the end, which don't seem usual for writings from lawyers. The legal trouble is documented since its beginning at the MobiliX webpages and is discussed in many mailing lists and news groups. This seems to have impressed the plaintiffs. They now accuse MobiliX of inventing "a new kind of electronical terror", and are ready to sentence MobiliX. It will be interesting to know, which sentence the plaintiff will invent against critical discussion in newsgroups."
Despite the announcements of the plaintiffs, the case goes on: The court in Munich (Germany) has set the date for the first hearing to June 12th 2002.
At the title link you'll find more interesting details about this trademark trouble. (ps) (Translation: rh)
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