Google Suffers Another Loss In France Over Trademark Rights

Law360, New York (March 17, 2005, 12:00 AM EST) -- In a sign that the U.S. and the European Union are beginning to take divergent approaches to trademark rights for online search results, Google’s French subsidiary has lost an appeal against a court ruling against its controversial “AdWords” program.

The appeals court upheld an October 2003 ruling by the Lower Court of Nanterre, which found in favor of travel agencies Luteciel and Viaticum and ordered Google France to remove the disputed terms from AdWords within 30 days.

It also ordered the company to pay €70,000 in...
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