By Tiffany Hu (June 16, 2022, 9:47 PM EDT) — A self-proclaimed “really big fan” of IBM on Thursday accused the software company of trying to interfere with its efforts to sell nonfungible tokens commemorating the IBM PC’s 40th anniversary, saying the term is generic and ineligible for trademark protection.

In a new lawsuit filed in South Dakota federal court, Webviously Inc., which launched its NFTs in August 2021 after registering the domain name “ibmpc.io,” claims IBM lost its rights to the term “IBM PC” decades ago and has no basis to try to take down Webviously’s website.

Though IBM introduced the first personal computer in 1981, its competitors soon came out…

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