Google may face legal trouble over its Android-based smartphone before it even hits the shelves. But for once, it's not patent litigation, arguing someone else was first to market with or already owns the patent on the technology in question. Instead, the proposed name of the Google device is at issue.
Mobile Today reports the estate of author Philip Dick, who wrote the novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" is seeking legal advice. The author's daughter, Isa Dick Hackett, who also oversees licensing issues for her father's estate, says she sees "a very obvious connection" between Nexus One, the proposed name for Google's device, and the book, which tells the story of "rebel Nexus-6 robots."
Hackett told reporters she was "shocked and dismayed" to learn of the proposed name, given the estate was not consulted, nor did it grant permissions.
Google hasn't commented on the report, according to Mobile Today, but official documents do use the name Nexus One, the story says. One is the patent application for the device, which has been filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.