American Airlines And Google Settle Keyword Advertising Spat
from the too-bad-it's-secret dept
In other words, it sounds like American Airlines lawyers finally looked at the details of earlier rulings and realized the company had close to no chance of winning this. A trademark does not give the holder complete control over the use of the word, and a competitor using the word for competitive advertising is completely legal, so long as they're not using it in a way that is likely to confuse a consumer. Even more important, if there's any liability, it should be on the other advertisers, not Google, which is merely the platform provider.