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Family of Blade Runner author to sue Google over Nexus One phone

Ben Leach

Published 07/01/2010 | 11:05

Mario Queiroz, Vice President of Product Management for Google, displays Google's Nexus One smartphone during the unveiling at Google's headquarters. Photo: Getty Images
Mario Queiroz, Vice President of Product Management for Google, displays Google's Nexus One smartphone during the unveiling at Google's headquarters. Photo: Getty Images

The family of the late Philip K. Dick, the author of the book on which the Blade Runner film was based, are to sue Google for infringement of intellectual property rights.

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The online search giant's new mobile phone, the Nexus One, has a similar name to the cyborgs in the Blade Runner film, called the Nexus 6. The phone's operating system is called Android.

Isa Dick Hackett, Dick's daughter, claims the names are lifted straight from her father's science fiction novel Do Android's Dream of Electric Sheep?

“Google takes first and then deals with the fallout later," she said. "“In my mind, there is a very obvious connection to my father’s novel. People don’t get it. It’s the principle of it. It would be nice to have a dialogue. We are open to it. That’s a way to start.”

The family says the use of the name Nexus One is a trademark violation, and sent Google a letter on Wednesday demanding the company cease using the name.

But when the device was introduced on Tuesday, Google claimed the name had nothing to do with Dick’s work, and that it was simply using the word in its original sense – as a place where things converge.

Google hope the Nexus One will be a rival to the iPhone in the competitive mobile phone market. The phone, which boasts a highly-developed touch screen and other enhancements, was unveiled at Google's headquarters in Silicon Valley.

The phone is based on Google's Android software, which it first launched two years ago as a way of moving sideways into the mobile market. Experts said that the phone was an improvement over other recent Google-based phones.

Telegraph.co.uk

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