French company files to cancel one of Google’s trademarks, gets hit with UDRP over .mobi domain name.
Google has filed a UDRP against the owner of a French trademark for “adwords” over his domain name ad-words.mobi.
The domain owner, Francotel, LLC, has a French trademark for “adwords”, but Google has some as well. Francotel has also filed for cancellation of Google’s European Union trademark for “Adwords”, although it appears the company has filed a newer application for the mark.
The domain name resolves to a page that states “Place your Ad with some Words here”.
The bottom of the page says “don’t be the devil”, which may be a jab at Google’s slogan “Do no evil”.
It will be interesting to see if the UDRP panel decides this case, or if they decide to punt to the courts.