Monday, May 4, 2009


In 2002, Erich Specht was awarded a trademark for the use of the name Android Data. The name was applied to his IT software company.  The Compnay was dissolved in 2004. In the year 2007, Google came out and made a statement as regards to the launch of its Android OS.

 tHE uspto denied Google  the right to the name Android over possible product confusion. Google continued to using the name. Specht re-registered a domain for his defunct company and filed a complaint with the trademark office, reading in part:

"]t is clear that Google stole first and asked questions later... Even though they could have, as they put it, arbitrarily chosen any name to brand their products, Google and the OHA members intentionally and without justification chose to affix Plaintiff's Android mark to their websites, products, services, and press releases without regard to ownership."

Specht has filed suit with all the companies involved in the Android Alliance (48 in total), for damages equaling $2 million

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