Six Sigma Trademark: Motorola and Google

Last week Google bought Motorola Mobility division for $12.1 Billion dollars. Such a massive deal all p0int to Google primarily interested in Motorola’s large patent chest as a way to protect the Android operating system. As this deal made the news, what I thought about was this: what else is Google getting?

Six Sigma Trademark

Motorola won the trademark on “Six Sigma” in 1993. History teaches us that Motorola invented the Six Sigma methodology and approach to reducing defects by attacking process variation. “Six Sigma”, the trademark, could very well be part of what Google just bought.

If that’s true, then Google will own the trademark to “Six Sigma”. Interesting. Then again, the use of Six Sigma at Google would be so surprising, since that is a requirement for many jobs there. Of course none of this really matters, but is only interesting insofar as patents and trademarks are interesting. The answer of which is not much at all.

Below is the trademark document for “Six Sigma” from the US Patent Office (USPTO):

Word Mark SIX SIGMA
Goods and ServicesIC 016. US 038. G & S: printed publications; namely, magazines,
brochures, reports and leaflets about product quality and product
quality improvement programs in the fields of electronics and
communications equipment manufacturing. FIRST USE: 19900130. FIRST USE
IN COMMERCE: 19900130IC 041. US 107. G & S: educational services; namely, conducting
classes about product quality and product quality improvement programs
for products in the fields of electronics and communications equipment
and providing related instructional materials. FIRST USE: 19900130.
FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19900130
Mark Drawing Code(5) WORDS, LETTERS, AND/OR NUMBERS IN STYLIZED FORM
Serial Number74199225
Filing DateAugust 29, 1991
Current Filing Basis1A
Original Filing Basis1A
Published for OppositionMarch 23, 1993
Registration Number1813630
Registration DateDecember 28, 1993
Owner(REGISTRANT) Motorola, Inc. CORPORATION DELAWARE 1303 East
Algonquin Road Schaumburg ILLINOIS 60196(LAST LISTED OWNER) MOTOROLA TRADEMARK HOLDINGS, LLC LIMITED
LIABILITY COMPANY DELAWARE 600 NORTH US HIGHWAY 45 LIBERTYVILLE ILLINOIS
60048
Assignment RecordedASSIGNMENT RECORDED
Attorney of RecordARCH M. AHERN
Prior Registrations1647704
Type of MarkTRADEMARK. SERVICE MARK
RegisterPRINCIPAL
Affidavit TextSECT 15. SECT 8 (6-YR). SECTION 8(10-YR) 20030331.
Renewal1ST RENEWAL 20030331
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Comments

  1. six sigma says

    It can be but not at this moment. Google seems very serious on their android operating system after see apple get a huge success from their iphone. They are aiming for the handphone market at this moment

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