Sunday, May 21, 2017

Why Intel Can't Trademark Numbers Anymore

This is a rather interesting story. This kinda makes you wonder where we'd be right now as far as processor numbers schemes had this legal battle never occurred.

Why did Intel move away from naming its widely used microprocessors after numbers—you know, like the 286 and the 386? They were perfectly succinct, along with easy to remember—what’s not to like? As it turns out, Intel was very much into the idea of using these numbers, and really wanted to stick with it. But legal and trademark-related problems got in the way.