Google’s Trademark Lawyers have succeeded to de-register two businesses – Google LLC and Google Legacy. These were registered by Jason Weeks through the Australian Securities and Information Commission (A.S.I.C.).
The Court ruled that A.S.I.C. has to transfer the business names to Google because illegitimate registration and use of the business names, the domain name and the name Google had been made by Jason Weeks.
Jason Weeks had also registered the website www.googlefoundation.com.au.
Jason weeks also registered eight different Facebook accounts containing the GOOGLE Trademark, including GoogleMatrix, GoogleMagic, GoogleLegend, PixelLegacy, ChicagoLegacy, GoogleInfinite and GoogleStereo. Google has guidelines on the use of its trademarks and logos here.
Jason Weeks did not lodge a defence or even show up to the proceedings.
By Court order, the two Business names Google LLC and Google Legacy will be transferred by A.S.I.C.
Any business operator should always have their brand checked by a Registered Trademark Attorney before adopting the brand.
Registration of a business or company name through A.S.I.C. does not provide any legal ownership of the name, and can be removed through Court proceedings.
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