Thursday 17 August 2017

German company sues Google Ireland over trademark

Google’s Irish HQ on Dublin’s Barrow Street Picture: PA
Google’s Irish HQ on Dublin’s Barrow Street Picture: PA

Tim Healy

A GERMAN software company has asked the High Court for a European-wide injunction preventing internet giant Google from infringing what it claims is its trademark.

The injunction has been sought by TeamDrive Systems GMBH, which makes secure, cloud-based, file-sharing software for businesses and personal use, against Google Ireland Ltd and Google Commerce Ltd.

It claims Google's use of a software product called 'Team Drives' infringes the Germany firm's European Registered trademark, which it obtained in 2006. The company wants an injunction to be put in place preventing the alleged copyright breach until the full hearing of the dispute.

The claims are denied and Google opposed an injunction being put in place until the case is heard.

It also claims that any injunction will damage it. Opening the application before Mr Justice Tony O'Connor yesterday, Denis McDonald SC, for the German company, said his client is a moderate-sized firm which offers a range of products all under the TeamDrive name.

Its software has won awards and its clients include the German Bar Council.

Counsel said that last year Google decided to re-brand some of its products including its Google Drive product.

Mr McDonald said the use by Google of the term 'Team Drives' or 'Team Drive' for identical services offered by his client was a grave concern to the company.

Counsel said the use was "effectively identical" to his client's trademark. Google said that the term would not be used in a trademark sense, but merely to describe a function of its Google Drive Product. The hearing continues.

Irish Independent

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