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Delhi High Court finds Google has a double standard for trademarks in third-party ads

The court criticised Google’s policy of investigating trademark violations in a few other countries, but not in India.

"Be that as it may, it is clear from Google’s EU and EFTA policy that Google provides a higher duty of care in a jurisdiction where large portions of the population are internet literate," Delhi High Court Judge Kameswar Rao noted in his ruling last week in the case of a packaging and moving company's lawsuit against Google. DRS logistics, which owns Agarwal Movers and Packers, had moved the Delhi High Court against the tech giant in a case of copyright infringement in 2015, alleging that Google let third parties use its trademark as keywords in their advertisements.  Keywords are terms used in Google Ads which allow its search engine to rank and display an advertisement among search results, based on its relevance. DRS Logistics owns the trademark 'Agarwal Packers and Movers'. The lawsuit, which alleges that Google discriminated against…

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