Almost all mobile phone users have heard of the Google made mobile operating system Android and I have to admit that it is a pretty cool name. However, for Google, it seems that the name turns to be a huge problem.
Google, along side with T-Mobile, Samsung, Motorola and some other companies have been sued over using the name “Android”. Sprecht runs a small software development company in Illinois, under the name of Android Data. According to reports he has the trademark of the name.
Sprecht applied for trademark protection in 2000, with U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granting the trademark in 2002. Google applied for the Android trademark in October 2007 before publicly announcing Android. The problem is that the trademark application was repeatedly rejected due to possible confusion with Sprecht’s trademark.
However, Google lawyers have attempted to appeal the decision arguing that Android Data Corporation had been dissolved in May 2004 and was later reactivated and that the company did not keep up their domain name. Nevertheless, the appeal was rejected last November and also suspended Google’s trademark application.
The consequences may be bitter for the company as Sprecht ignited a legal battle with Google seeking an injuction on the sale of Android-branded products in the United States and s$94 million in damages for trademark infringement.
Google lawyers argue that Android Data Corporation does not extent to any use of the word Android and that it only applies to computer hardware and software. Sprecht said the word is just descriptive and that Android is the most significant term in his trademark application, writes Digital Trends.