Filed Under: trademark issue,Google Verb;goog tm
A mistaken name (Googool to Google). A successful company. And now a verb.
Google Yes. officially.
Oxford English Dictionary(OED), in its latest update (June 15th, 2006) has added Google to its list.
While this is a big testimonial to Google’s success, it also brings trademark issues along. Will Google lawyers fight this inclusion of the name in OED?
Infact, this raises an interesting qn – Can Trademarks be used as noun/verb?
Google in its trademark policy mentions that :
“Use the trademark ONLY as an adjective, NEVER as a noun or verb, and NEVER in the plural or possessive form”
This is quite contradictory to Larry’s email to friends while promoting Google (He asked them to “Keep Googling”)!!
Is Google getting a bite of its own medicine?