French Court Rules Against Google In Trademark Dispute

Law360, New York (January 20, 2005, 12:00 AM EST) -- Google, whose advertising policy is the target of trademark infringement lawsuits on both sides of the Atlantic, has lost another lawsuit in France.

A Nanterre court has ruled that Google infringed on the trademarks of the hotel chain Le Meridien by allowing the hotel chain's rivals to bid on keywords of its name and appear in related search results.

The court ordered the company to stop linking ads to Le Meridien-trademarked terms by Monday or face a daily fine of 150 euros.

The court’s decision came...
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