American Blinds Realizes That It Was About To Lose Google Keyword Ad Suit

from the er,-can-we-go-home-now? dept

Just a week or so after American Airlines was the latest in a long list of companies to incorrectly sue Google claiming that Google violated its trademarks in allowing others to buy keyword ads on the trademark "american airlines," one of the more well known cases in this realm has come to a close. American Blinds was one of the more prominent companies who had fighting Google. Again, the complaint was both wrong and misdirected. It's only trademark infringement if the ad would confuse people into believing the ad was from American Blinds when it's not... and even in that case, the fault lies with the advertiser, rather than Google. After years of fighting, it appears that the folks at American Blinds finally realized its chances of winning were close to nil, and have agreed to settle the case, with Google paying absolutely nothing. In other words, American Blinds spent a ton of money in legal costs and ended up with nothing. As Eric Goldberg points out in the link above, some people would have liked a judges ruling that could be used as precedent out of this case -- but even this settlement should hopefully alert other companies not to follow American Airlines down this questionable legal strategy.


Reader Comments (rss)

(Flattened / Threaded)

  1.  
    identicon
    SailorRipley, Sep 4th, 2007 @ 8:04am

    Idiots

    Of course other companies will continue to go down the same road, as they will think (or their lawyers will have them think) that they will be different, that they somehow will be an exception to the rule

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  2.  
    identicon
    Ajax 4Hire, Sep 4th, 2007 @ 8:05am

    Perfect example of large corporation

    that does not embrace the future.

    New is unsafe and unknown, it scares leaders because it could lead to change. If you are on top, then change of the status quo is bad, so new is bad, unsafe is bad, unknown is bad because all lead to change and change is bad.

    Google has learned to embrace the future and profit from it.
    Large Corporations go after the messenger not the message; sue the ISP not the content; arrest the one who shares music and not the one who steals the music.

    One thing is for certain, the future holds change, you can either surf the change or have the wave roll over you.

    The truly successful people are the ones who not just surf the wave of future, but excel at it.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  3.  
    identicon
    Shohat, Sep 4th, 2007 @ 8:34am

    Bleh

    Nothing is sadder than seeing an advertising agency that could clearly help companies that actually produce things by at least helping with trademark issues, get another protection in the form of not being responsible for the advertisements they profit from.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  4.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Sep 4th, 2007 @ 8:37am

    American Blinds in the subject should be changed to American Airlines?

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  5.  
    identicon
    GoblinJuice, Sep 4th, 2007 @ 8:48am

    Re:

    They're blind - get it? Or it's a typo.

    Not sure! =D

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  6.  
    identicon
    John Duncan Yoyo, Sep 4th, 2007 @ 8:55am

    Re: Idiots

    One would think if Lawyers continue to advise clients to enter this type of suit would be guilty of legal malpractice. Of course finding a lawyer to sue another lawyer is a difficult thing.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  7.  
    identicon
    comboman, Sep 4th, 2007 @ 8:59am

    Nothing??

    In other words, American Blinds spent a ton of money in legal costs and ended up with nothing.


    I wouldn't say they got nothing. I had never heard of American Blinds before and now I have (along with a few million other people). How much does advertising like that usually cost? Remember, there's no such thing as bad publicity.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  8.  
    icon
    Mike (profile), Sep 4th, 2007 @ 11:11am

    Re:

    American Blinds in the subject should be changed to American Airlines?

    No, they are two separate companies. American Blinds sued Google years ago and just settled. American Airlines sued Google just last week and will probably be forced to settle (or lose its case) eventually as well.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  9.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Sep 4th, 2007 @ 11:21am

    Re: Nothing??

    "along with a few million other people"

    Wow, this blog really is popular....

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  10.  
    identicon
    Jordan, Sep 4th, 2007 @ 11:47am

    Re: Nothing??

    But I have no desire to buy from them, or even look at their page. This form of advertising has only made me have an aversion to them and that's not good, right?

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  11.  
    identicon
    Eric the Grey, Sep 4th, 2007 @ 12:00pm

    Re: Re: Idiots

    I've always wondered why the American Bar Association doesn't deal with lawyers who push for this kind of lawsuit.

    It seems like they should be held accountable for taking their clients money for a legal suit they should know they can't win.

    And if they don't know it, they shouldn't be representing them anyway.


    EtG

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  12.  
    identicon
    anonymous coward, Sep 4th, 2007 @ 1:33pm

    how does discriminating against the American blind fit into Google's "do no evil" corporate policy?

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  13.  
    identicon
    Google IS evil!, Sep 5th, 2007 @ 5:17pm

    Wait a second...

    "and even in that case, the fault lies with the advertiser, rather than Google"

    Wait a second... if there is any fault, Google IS partially responsible. It's like a locksmith opening a bank vault for some thieves - he can't just shrug his shoulders and disclaim any responsibility!

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]


Add Your Comment

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here
Get Techdirt’s Daily Email
Save me a cookie
  • Note: A CRLF will be replaced by a break tag (<br>), all other allowable HTML will remain intact
  • Allowed HTML Tags: <b> <i> <a> <em> <br> <strong> <blockquote> <hr> <tt>
Follow Techdirt
A word from our sponsors...
Essential Reading
Techdirt Reading List
Techdirt Insider Chat
A word from our sponsors...
Recent Stories
A word from our sponsors...

Close

Email This