Colin Samuels of the Infamy or Praise blog writes about the odd trademark lawsuit by Internet computer discounter TigerDirect.com, which is where the Coleman Law Firm PC gets almost all of its computing and electronics equipment. Colin’s treatment is terrific, but check out this excerpt from the AppleInsider.com article linked to above:
At the root of the issue appears to internet search results. Tiger Direct contends that Apple’s use of the name has adversely affected its ranking amongst the Internet’s largest search engines, Google and Yahoo, bumping the company from its usual spot in the first three results.
Now, what in tarnation have we unleashed here?! Is a search result for a trademark — even for essentially unrelated services or products (TigerDirect makes neither software nor computers under its own name) now actionable harm under the Lanham Act?
UPDATE: TigerDirect loses at the preliminary injunction stage.