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John McAfee asks court to block Intel’s security spin-out

John Ribeiro | Dec. 15, 2016
The security expert claims he is entitled to call his new security company by his name

In the filing Tuesday by John McAfee and MGT, it is pointed out that the maverick entrepreneur had at no point in the agreement assigned the rights to his personal name through an assignment of trademark or otherwise, or agreed to restrict his right to do business using his own name. The agreement did not also have any non-compete provisions. John McAfee also claims that at the time of the agreement he had not filed for or registered any trademark for his full name, surname or any other iteration of it.

In a filing in October, Intel has said it does not object to “John D. McAfee’s use of his personal name or personal reputation in connection with his business ventures.” The company goes on to say elsewhere in the filing that John McAfee “did not forfeit the right to use his name as a personal name, which Intel has never challenged.” But the chip company objects to the use by the entrepreneur of the McAfee trade name and trademark in a way that could confuse or deceive consumers or dilute the brand.

Intel could not be immediately reached for comment on the latest filing.

 

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