Google Says ‘Hangouts’ Trademark Row Is 2 Years Too Late

Law360, New York (March 24, 2014, 8:02 PM EDT) -- Google Inc. has attacked video-chat rival Hanginout Inc.'s bid for a preliminary injunction in their trademark battle, telling a California federal court Friday that Hanginout has dragged its heels too long to credibly argue that Google's Hangouts service is doing irreparable harm.

Hanginout, whose app lets users interact with celebrities by video using a Q&A format, sued Google in November, saying that Google's use of the word “Hangouts” was intentionally creating customer confusion. But the search giant told U.S. District Judge Anthony Battaglia in an opposition...
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