ISYS Technologies has filed a lawsuit against Google for allegedly violating and interfering with the trademark for its ChromiumPC™ Modular Computer.
If ISYS, which manages patents and manufactures PCs, gets its way, it would stop sales and marketing of the Chromebook laptops “on or about June 15.” Also named in the lawsuit are Google’s marketing partners including Amazon.com, Best Buy, Samsung, and Acer.
Xi3 Corp., a subsidiary of ISYS that manufactures computers, began using the term ChromiumPC for a planned PC running Chrome or its Chromium variant in 2009. The company said Google is now opposing ISYS’s application for the ‘ChromiumPC’ trademark because it would confuse consumers and all efforts to resolve the issue have failed so far.
Jason A. Sullivan, president and CEO of ISYS Technologies states: “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.”
ISYS, based in Salt Lake City, UT, maintains that the worldwide launch of the Chromebook PC products would cause it “irreparable harm” and is therefore pursuing an expedited legal review in federal court in Utah to prevent shipments of Chromebook and Chromebox computers.
Google has not yet issued a media statement on the matter.