Not even out in the market yet and just days-old after it’s unveiling, Google’s Nexus One is already facing a problem.
According to a report in the UK’s Telegraph, the family of author Philip K. Dick wants to sue Google for using the Nexus One name. Dick’s daughter even sent the company a letter on Wednesday telling them to drop the name of the new smartphone.
“In my mind, there is a very obvious connection to my father’s novel,” Isa Dick Hackett, the late author’s daughter, said.
Philip K. Dick wrote the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? in 1968 which later on became the basis for the Blade Runner movie. It features a series of robots known as Nexus 6 models.
Google, according to the Telegraph, maintains that they based the phone’s name on the nexus’s common meaning which is defined as a “place where things converge”.
In addition to that, Dick’s family does not hold the trademark on the Nexus One name so I’m guessing this a trial they won’t win. But who knows? 😉