French court bars Google from selling trade marks as adwords

August 2006


The Cour d’appel de Paris found that Google had infringed Vuitton’s trade marks, by selling Vuitton’s marks as adwords that were used by sellers of counterfeit or infringing Louis Vuitton products. The most interesting part of the decision is that  Google is ordered to refrain from using adwords on its websites if they are accessible in France, regardless of their top level domain extension (such as .com or hk).

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