| 12:38 am on Sep 25, 2008 (gmt 0)|
It seems a little bizarre to name your company after some-else's trademark!
They have legal proection; you'll come up against the same problem in many areas other than Adwords ...
Company names have certain protections; but in promotion, trademarks rule ... that's what they were created for!
(By the time I saw this, the actual name had been removed as per TOS, so sorry if I'm being unfairly harsh).
| 2:30 pm on Sep 25, 2008 (gmt 0)|
The 'Name' is a very common surname - the surname of the company's founder and director - the company name breaks down as 'Surname - business area - business type' if that makes any sense, its not like its named 'apple enterprises' or 'macdonalds uk' or anything. As the idea of advertising is to promote the company - and the company is legally named - seems odd we can not use the company name.
| 2:57 pm on Sep 25, 2008 (gmt 0)|
You have my sympathy - but in any one field, there's only room for one company using a particular surname - looks like yours got beaten to it.
It's not Adwords or even Internet specific; an English comic actor called David Walliams couldn't use his real name (Williams), because someone got there first; similar rules apply in most areas of commercial activity.
Apple and (The Beatles') Apple Corps had similar issues, and fought million-dollar law suits in areas where their activities overlapped.
It may be frustrating, but you can see the logic behind it.
| 7:01 pm on Sep 25, 2008 (gmt 0)|
nothing you can do. sorry.
| 7:05 pm on Sep 25, 2008 (gmt 0)|
I'm not so sure...the OP mentioned that the name has been registered for 10 years. I'd be interested in knowing when the name was actually trademarked. Could there be a case for prior use?
Personally, I'd talk to a lawyer if it's important enough to you. It may not be worth taking that far, but then again, it may. I'd definitely get there input if this is something that could have an impact on your ability to properly promote/advertise your business.
[edited by: Philosopher at 7:05 pm (utc) on Sep. 25, 2008]
| 9:41 pm on Sep 25, 2008 (gmt 0)|
Is the owner of the 'Name' trademark in the same industry as your company? If not, then perhaps they wouldn't mind approving you for use of 'Name' within AdWords (and if so, then your specific AdWords account gets an exemption for the 'Name' trademark). Even if the agreement is in a written contract with conditions, it might be worth your while contacting them.
Without that approval from the trademark owner, Google is unlikely to do anything.
[edited by: Rehan at 9:42 pm (utc) on Sep. 25, 2008]