Friday, December 17, 2004

Google is being sued over Google Scholar name

Now here is a little bit of interesting librarian watercooler talk.

The American Chemical Society (ACS) filed a complaint on Dec. 9 against Google Inc. for the use of the trademark “Scholar” for its Google Scholar literature-search engine constitutes trademark infringement and unfair competition.

The ACS complains that Google's use of the word scholar infringes on ACS’s SciFinder Scholar and Scholar trademarks and constitutes unfair competition. SciFinder Scholar is a desktop research tool designed for academic scientists (launched six years ago). It provides (for a fee) an estimated 1,000 colleges and universities access to all of CAS’s databases, including information on journal and patent references, substance information, regulated chemicals, chemical reactions, and chemical supplier information.

So, the ACS is worried about trademark infringment and possible confusion between the two products.

Interesting....So, what is your take on this?


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