Dell has enlisted the help of the U.S. courts in a bid to remove Psion's trademark of the term "metbook."
"Netbook" is the term used to describe low-cost and low-spec small laptops that are ideal for surfing the Web on the go. Psion registered the term toward the end of the 1990s and even issued warning letters to PC manufacturers last year in a bid to stop the term being used.
However, Dell claims the brand is not offering any products in the "netbook" range and has no plans to do so in the future. According to Savethenetbooks.com, Dell has filled a Petition for Trademark Cancellation with a U.S. court.
"Upon information and belief, Psion intends not to resume bona fide use of the Netbook name in the ordinary course of trade," Dell said in the petition.
"Upon information and belief, such statements were false at the time they were made," says Dell.
Psion was unavailable for comment.