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German Court Rejects Trademark Case Against Google

by Ulrika Lomas, for LawAndTax-News.com, Brussels

23 September 2004


It emerged on Tuesday that Hamburg's state court found in favour of internet search portal Google's German operation, Google Deutschland, in a trademark infringement case brought against it by Metaspinner Media.

Metaspinner, which sells 'Preispiraten' (Price Pirate) software designed to allow users to compare prices at various online auction sites and shops, argued that by selling advertisements to other firms which were triggered by searches for its trademarked software, Google Deutschland was allowing other companies to take advantage of its brand name.

Speaking to the Associated Press, Metaspinner's attorney, Petra Bosbach confirmed the verdict but refused to comment further, explaining that:

"It may take weeks to analyze the decision."

The search portal has faced similar allegations in several of the countries in which it operates, including France and the United States.


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