4th Circuit revives Rosetta Stone’s trademark case against Google

Appeals court is convinced that the sale of sponsored ads diluted Rosetta Stone’s brand

The 4th Circuit on Monday revived a trademark infringement case against Google that had been dead for about two years prior to the decision.

Rosetta Stone, a maker of language learning software, filed suit against Google in 2009, accusing it of selling the software company’s trademarks to advertisers who used them as search keywords. In 2010, a district court in Virginia dismissed the case, saying that the advertisers’ sponsored links were unlikely to confuse customers.

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