Back in January
we covered the
trials and tribulations of MobiliX
site dedicated to Linux and BSD on mobile systems. Lawyers representing
Les Editions Albert René challenged the MobiliX name, saying that it could
be confused with the cartoon character Obélix, who is more concerned with
mobile menhirs. Not everybody agreed with this claim, of course; despite
the obvious resemblance between Tux the penguin and Obélix, they still are
difficult to confuse.
It turns out the German court disagreed with that claim as well, and has
turned down the claims by Les Editions Albert René. MobiliX is thus free
to use the name without fear of further trademark trouble. Congratulations
are due to MobiliX leader Werner Heuser, who decided to stand up to the
lawyers and defend his name. See the MobiliX trademark
page for the full history of this dispute.
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