Two similarly-named companies are on a collision course.The owner of FundMe.com has filed a lawsuit against personal fundraising site GoFundMe.com over the similarity of their names and trademarks, and a bit of nuance around types of crowfunding.
FundMe.com has a trademark related to business funding. GoFundMe is a site for personal or charitable crowdfnding.
Earlier this year, legal counsel for GoFundMe sent a cease & desist letter to FundMe.com regarding FundMe.com offering personal and charitable crowdfunding. Apparently someone copied a personal crowdfunding request from GoFundMe.com and put it on FundMe.com.
GoFundMe requested that FundMe.com stop offering personal crowdfunding services.
But once FundMe.com started researching GoFundMe’s arguments, it found that GoFundMe was apparently getting into the business crowdfunding space, which it believes infringes on its own trademark.
I’ve always thought GoFundMe.com was a horrible domain name choice. It looks like that’s coming to a head now.
You can view the lawsuit and cease & desist letter here.