FindMeOn May Take Legal Action Against Google For ‘OpenSocial’

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A New York based company called FindMeOn is planning to send a letter to Google about their OpenSocial program. FindMeOn started a project called OpenSN (Open Social Networking) in 2006. OpenSN is a program that converts profiles from a social network to another social network.

“We are planning to formally ask Google to both cease use of the name ‘Open Social’ for their multi-network widget/protocols platform, and end current attempts to trademark it,”
“While our products are not functionally identical, they are obviously similar in design and nature; Google’s choice of naming their product has created an unfortunate confusion between our competing technologies.”

– FindMeOn statement to be released on Monday [Information source: CNET]

While OpenSN is not trademarked, the company has owned since October 2006 and has been using the name for its business for a year. CNET also pointed out that this will be a major challenge for FindMeOn since other small companies use the term OpenSN for other purposes and given the size of Google.

This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at
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