Search engines liable for allowing
advertisers to use protected terms in text ads?
The civil court in Nanterre fined Google 75,000
euros for allowing advertisers to link text internet
advertisements to trademarked search terms and gave the company 30 days to stop
the practice. In the trademark case, the owner of the name "Bourse des vols"
(Market for Flights) wanted Google to stop allowing competitors to include
"Bourse des vols" as a term that would generate an advertisement and
link to their own site. Google said it would appeal the decision.
Louis Vuitton also is suing Google and its French
subsidiary for trademark infringement. Lawyers for Google and Vuitton are
to attend a preliminary hearing in Paris on November 3.
October 28: Louis Vuitton verklagt
"Der französische Luxusgüter-Hersteller Louis
Vuitton hat die Betreiber der Suchmaschine Google
auf Schadenersatz verklagt, weil sie dessen Markenrechte durch die
Platzierung von Werbebotschaften neben Trefferlisten verletzt haben sollen."
October 24, 2003: Handbag
maker Vuitton sues Google, CNN:
"Louis Vuitton SA is suing Google and its French
subsidiary for trademark infringement in the wake of a landmark ruling that
could force the popular Internet search engine to change the way it sells
October 18, 2003: Noble, Christopher, Google
fined in trademark case, Yahoo News:
"A French court has ruled against Internet search powerhouse Google in
an intellectual property rights case that could have far reaching
technological and financial implications for Web search firms, who process
tens of millions of queries a day."
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