Google being sued over Android name

Posted: May 3, 2009 in Tech

Google and the members of the Open Handset Alliance have been sued for $94 million for trademark violation. The case is being brought by Erich Specht and Android Data Corp, who were granted a trademark on “Android Data” in 2002.

Android Data Corp is a small private company based in Palantine, Illinois. In 2007, Google applied for the Android trademark, just before launching its mobile phone operating systems.

In February 2008, the PTO rejected that application citing the Android Data trademark. Google appealed, saying Android Data had lost it’s claim due to inactivity, but the PTO rejected that and other appeals and suspended Google’s application in November 2008.

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