Google is being fined hundreds of thousands of euros for allowing certain trademarked [sic] words to have advertisements run against them.
It’s hard to see how this makes any sense at all. First, unless the ads are designed to confuse someone, there should be no question that ads against a competitor’s keywords are perfectly legal. There’s no customer confusion (the point of trademark law). It’s no different than having your product placed on the grocery store shelf next to competing products, or (as is quite common in supermarkets these days) having a coupon print out for your product when you buy a competing one. Claiming this is trademark infringement is just a weak attempt to stifle competition by brands that don’t want to compete.
Not so weak, I guess.
Originally posted 2009-09-21 22:24:55. Republished by Blog Post Promoter