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iGoogle name was already used by widget and a windows application

Colin Colehour [PersonRank 10]

Wednesday, May 2, 2007
12 years ago2,052 views

iGoogle Dashboard Widget for Mac
It is basically a widget to search Google Image Search.
apple.com/downloads/dashboard/ ...

iGoogle – Only $25 dollars.
"iGoogle has 4 main features: Google Search, Google Mail, Desktop Search and News Search. All of which can be configured using the Settings feature and optimized to their full ability using the Support feature."
gold-software.com/download9283 ...

eq [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

so? doesn't matter. they don't have the rights for that name anyways...

mrbene [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

iPhone!= Phone
iPod!= Pod
iGoogle!= Google

Well, at least until the lawyers come in to play. And realistically, Google has a stronger case against anyone who was using "iGoogle" than Apple would against anyone using "Pod" in "PodCast", what with Google being a specific company name, while Pod is a generic word (dictionary.reference.com/brows ...).

I expect that it will simply be market share rather than legal action that pushes the other iGoogle products to change names.

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

iGoogle is also a Firefox extension published.... two weeks ago
addons.mozilla.org/fr/firefox/ ...

Martin Porcheron [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

[put at-character here]mrbene
Your two other examples are actual dictionary nouns (yes, Google is, but only in the sense of Google Inc). Google is a trademark, neither Phone or Pod are.

Anyone has the right to use Pod or Phone as they please, but Google is a trademark. If you make a product and call it an iMicrosoft or iDell you're going to get into "legal difficulties". Because using a registered trademark as part of your name without permission from the trademark owner is illegal.

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