With Google Suspending Android Services, Huawei Rushes to File two Trademarks in Europe for new 'Ark OS'
Last Monday Patently Apple posted a report titled "Google and Major U.S. Chipmakers Suspend Critical Software and Hardware Components to Huawei due to U.S. Blacklist." The report revealed that Google had suspended business with Huawei that requires the transfer of hardware, software and technical services except those publicly available via open source licensing. The suspension could hobble Huawei’s smartphone business outside China as the tech giant will immediately lose access to updates to Google’s Android operating system, Google Play Store, Gmail and YouTube apps.
We're learning today that Huawei had filed for two new trademarks just four days after the news that Google was suspending services involving Android. More specifically, Huawei filed for two trademarks titled "Huawei Ark OS," and "Huawei Ark" in Europe as presented in-part below. The trademarks, interesting enough, weren't filed for in Hong Kong, China.
Huawei filed both of their trademarks under the same two International Classes as follows:
09: compiler software; operating systems for electronic devices.
42: design and development of compiler software and operating systems for electronic devices; design and development of mobile phone applications featuring compiler software; Software as a Service (Saas) featuring compiler software.
Back in March, The South China Morning Post wrote a post titled "Huawei confirms it has built its own operating system just in case US tensions disrupt use of Google’s Android." Huawei’s mobile chief Richard Yu Chengdong said at the time that "We have prepared our own operating system, if it turns out we can no longer use these systems [Android], we will be ready and have our plan B."
Huawei had said that it would only use their new OS if forced to by the trade war with the U.S. That day is apparently closer to reality than they had hoped for.
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