Crazy Lawsuit Seeks to Cancel Chromebook Launch

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In just two short days (June 15, 2011), Acer and Samsung will launch the long awaited Chromebook based on Google's Chrome OS software, which potential buyers will be able to purchase from Amazon.com and Best Buy. Or at least that's how the script is supposed to go. Trying to throw a cog in the wheel is ISYS Technologies and subsidiary Xi3 Corporation, who filed a lawsuit against Google alleging that the search giant is infringing the trademark for its ChromimumPC Modular Computer.


The suit not only wants all companies involved to stop marketing the Chromebook and Chromebox PC products, but also seeks an expedited temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction against Google and its partners that would delay the launch.

"As I noted in the May 20 ChromiumPC news release, 'The Xi3 Computer Architecture is designed to support any x86-based operating system, including Windows, Linux, Unix, and other open source-based operating systems,'" said Jason A. Sullivan, president and CEO of ISYS Technologies. "This is also true of the ChromiumPC Modular Computer, which is capable of running open source operating systems and browsers, but will not ship pre-loaded with a Google licensed OS.

"We do not begrudge anyone the ability to create new products and take them to market, unless they infringe on our intellectual property. For more than 18 months, we’ve been using, marketing, promoting and selling ChromiumPC Modular Computers. But in spite of our sincere efforts to resolve this matter amicably with Google, we’ve clearly reached an impasse. So for now, we feel we have no other choice than to request the assistance of the court to protect us in this very critical matter regarding ChromiumPC."

What makes this suit even more interesting is that just last month, Xi3 Corporation announced in a blog post that its ChromiumPC computer would be the "world's first desktop computer designed to run Google's Chrome operating system," and now the company is saying it won't ship pre-loaded with a Google licensed OS.

Google hasn't commented on the lawsuit.

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LBowen replied on Mon, Jun 13 2011 11:46 AM

So they are suing because the name is similar or am I missing something?

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Manduh replied on Mon, Jun 13 2011 12:37 PM

I also feel like there's something I'm missing. I don't understand how they can sue anybody.... ChromiumPC and ChromeBook sound completely different to me, obviously the name and then one is a desktop and one is a laptop.

If anything maybe Google should being suing ChromiumPC for using the Chrome OS in their advertising... unless there was some deal Google made with ChromiumPC that we aren't being told about.

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all you need to know is they are lawyers and are greedy....lol 

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rrplay replied on Mon, Jun 13 2011 1:45 PM

 maybe the reason to wait until launch was a friendly lawyers advice to advise to settle quickly  . no long effort just some quick cash at the appropriate time.

Just don't really get it , other than big bucks are involved. and the timing and info is rather vague.

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lipe123 replied on Mon, Jun 13 2011 3:08 PM

All this patent name CRAP is just complete BS. Even if they had almost the same name its completely different products. All this company wants to do is milk google

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Inspector replied on Mon, Jun 13 2011 5:02 PM

LOL, shouldn't Google sue them for coping chrome the browser? :D or did chromiumpc come out first? And on another note, thats just saying anything with chrome in it is similar to this -.-

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AKwyn replied on Mon, Jun 13 2011 6:35 PM

Isn't the name Chromium in use for an open-source version of Google Chrome? :P

The details they provided seem very scarce, I don't know what the hell they're suing for; they're giving us zero clues.

 

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Sounds like they are suing to some degree because they didn't get the deal they wanted with Google to ship their OS on their machines.

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LLeCompte replied on Mon, Jun 13 2011 9:24 PM

sounds to me like someone didnt get what they wanted to now they are throwing a fit like a 5 year old. What is with all these tech companies going sue happy? cant we all just get along?

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Looks like a case of brand hijacking. Wikipedia: Google announced the operating system on July 7, 2009 and made it an open source project, called Chromium OS, - that's around 24 months ago, iSys claims only 18 months, so did they here about Googles newly name OS and then make a box with that name, looks like it.

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realneil replied on Mon, Jun 13 2011 10:55 PM

hellonearthis:
Google announced the operating system on July 7, 2009

They say that they patented in the year 2000.

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I suspect this lawsuit is part PR stunt and part real lawsuit... where both sides, Google and ISYS Technologies and subsidiary Xi3 Corporation, hopefully will benefit from the news exposure. Even if ISYS Technologies and subsidiary Xi3 Corporation lose the lawsuit or the lawsuit gets thrown out before heading to the courts or Google settles with them, they benefit by getting their name printed next to Google--free advertising that would have cost them millions to do alone.

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HHGrrl replied on Mon, Jun 13 2011 11:50 PM

I feel like I'm missing something too. Are they suing over the name similarities? If so, that's dumb (but then I guess many lawsuits like this are dumb).

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Manduh replied on Tue, Jun 14 2011 11:41 AM

I'm going to come out with a lingerie line of shiny silver thongs and call them ChromeHomes

Slogan: "Want to spruce up your 'down there' sexy wear? Buy yourself some ChromeHomes!"

Maybe I'll get sued and have my name everywhere, woot free advertising for my undies!

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While I don't feel like Google is in any position needing people to stick up for them, I would have to say that I would tend to side with them on this issue.

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Manduh replied on Wed, Jun 15 2011 12:59 PM

How the heck do I delete my own comments? :S Hmm

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Manduh replied on Wed, Jun 15 2011 1:00 PM

trying to delete this one too Embarrassed

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