Google 'Ripples' Infringe Ripl Trademark, Suit Says

Law360, Washington (November 26, 2012, 1:32 PM EST) -- A social networking company hit Google Inc. with a suit in Washington federal court Wednesday, alleging an advertising and content-sharing component of the Internet giant's Google+ infringes on its similar trademarked software.

Seattle-based Ripl Corp. claims Google's “Ripples” service — which is used to inform Google+ users how their content is being shared across the social network, as well as to aid advertisers in their marketing activities — is too similar to its “Ripl” program and has impacted the company's profits.

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Case Title

RIPL Corp. v. Google Inc.


Case Number

2:12-cv-02050

Court

Washington Western

Nature of Suit

Trademark

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Ricardo S Martinez

Date Filed

November 20, 2012

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