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ACS sues Google over Scholar

The American Chemical Society (ACS) filed a complaint on Dec. 9 against Google Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The complaint contends that Google's use of the trademark "Scholar" for its Google Scholar literature-search engine constitutes trademark infringement and unfair competition. Google has launched the new Google Scholar search service in November 2004, providing the ability to search for scholarly literature located across the Web. ACI has its own six year old research tool designed for academic scientists, called SciFinder Scholar. About 1,000 colleges and universities have bought the service, which provides access to all of CAS's databases, including information on journal and patent references, substance information, regulated chemicals, chemical reactions, and chemical supplier information.

So is it all about Google Scholar is free, SciFinder is paid? ACS can't sue Google for making information free, but they can sue for trademark infringement...



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