• Google, Inc. Keeps Trademark Protection, Even Though People Use"Google" as a Verb
  • April 9, 2015
  • Law Firm: Staas Halsey LLP - Washington Office
  • On September 10, 2014, the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona (“District Court”) dismissed a complaint seeking cancellation of Google, Inc.’s (“Google”) marks. Elliot and a partner (collectively “Plaintiffs”) had registered 719 domain names that incorporated google and another entity, e.g. googlebarackobame.net, googlenewtvs.com, or googledisney.com. Google had filed a Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (“UDRP”) alleging that the domain names were confusing similar to its marks. The arbitration panel for the UDRP found that the domain names were confusing similar with Google’s marks, and it ordered the domain names transferred to Google.