Facebook Sues Teachbook for use of “Book” in its Name
Online social networking titan Facebook has filed a suit against website Teachbook because it has used the term “book” in its name claiming in the process that it may help confuse users and make them believe that the two websites are somehow connected to each other.
The suit said, “Misappropriating the distinctive BOOK portion of Facebook’s trademark, Defendant has created its own competing online networking community in a blatant attempt to become Facebook “for Teachers.””
It has further stressed that the use of ‘generic plus BOOK’ aimed at social networking site for a specific category of individuals will make the suffix BOOK as a “generic term for ‘online community/networking services’ or ‘social networking services’.”
Teachbook describes itself as an online community for teachers. It aims to help teachers communicate, share lesson plans and instructional videos among a few, in a professional online environment.
The suit for federal trademark dilution, trademark infringement and unfair competition was filed Wednesday, August 25, at a California court.