This is just sad, in a happy way. Last week, a judge threw out Erich Specht's attempt to extort $94 million from Google
, Android Inc, and Open Handset Alliance. Apparently, the court wasn't swayed by the website that Specht threw up in order to prove he was still using the mark after his company went under in 2002. The judge then punctuated the decision with a cancelation of Specht's "Android Data" trademark on grounds that he attempted to use it as a "sword" against Google and because it could create confusion with the little green bot that consumers have become so enamored with
. Ouch. Hooray for legal sanity.