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Guess what? Even before Google’s  Chromebook systems have even launched, they have found themselves as a subject of a lawsuit by Isys Technologies, alleging them that they are infringing the patent management company’s copyright with its Chromebook and Chromebox brand names.

ISYS is the owner of the Xi3 Corporation, and they are insisting that “Chromebook” is too close to their already existing ChromiumPC, a desktop computer that runs the Chrome OS.

This isn’t the first time, we’ve seen these two companies battle it out for both of them have tried to trademark their ChromiumPC name last year. But Google stepped in and objected saying the name was too close to their Chromium OS name.

Isys said that the Google’s Chromebook launch on June 15 would cause them an “irreparable harm”, as they are violating and interfering with their trademark for their “ChromiumPC Modular Computer”.

The lawsuit was filed in the US District Court for the District of Utah in Salt Lake City, requesting a temporary restraining order to stop Google from marketing Chrome OS products for its mid-June

Isys said that its talks with Google reached “an impasse”, leading the company to pursue “an expedited legal review in federal court”:

“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.”

Google hasn’t responded to the lawsuit though, and we’re not sure as to whether its June 15 launch will be affected.

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