Google Sued Over Android Name... But Was It Actually Being Used?
from the i'm-looking...-but-not-finding dept
It's a bit surprising that Google wasn't more sure of the name before launching its operating system, but even then, the lawsuit (and the trademark rejection) seems odd and troubling. First... I can't seem to find any evidence online of Android Data Corporation doing anything. In order to hold a trademark, you're supposed to be using the mark in commerce. At best, I can find a parked homepage, and one random listing in a directory. It's hard to see how that's "use in commerce" though perhaps there are technology businesses out there that don't involve having a webpage. Second, it's hard to see why the trademark application was rejected. What this guy is doing (developing software and hosting websites) seems wholly unrelated to a mobile operating system, and not at all confusing. It seems quite unlikely that anyone would confuse the two at all. Chances are that Mr. Specht sees this as a chance to cash in, and get Google to pay up.