Google Sued Over Google Scholar Name

The legal department at Google is a busy place these days. On Monday, the Geico v. Google trial begins in Virginia.

Today, Searchblog has an item about Google being sued over the Google Scholar name.

The ACS complaint contends that Google’s use of the word scholar infringes on ACS’s SciFinder Scholar and Scholar trademarks and constitutes unfair competition.

“The field of scientific research and related services is, of course, open to all,” said Flint Lewis, ACS’s secretary and general counsel, in a statement. “But when someone uses a trademark similar to ours, we have no choice but to take action—to protect the goodwill that we have built over the years and to prevent the likelihood of confusion in the marketplace.

If you would like to read the full text of the complaint the ACS filed with the U.S. District Court in D.C., I’ve posted a copy of it here.

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