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Rosetta Stone and Google drop trademark lawsuit


ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Rosetta Stone Inc. and Google Inc. have agreed to dismiss a three-year old trademark infringement lawsuit between the two companies and made plans to work together to fight trademark abuse online.

Rosetta Stone sued Google in 2009 for allowing rivals to advertise copycat software when Rosetta's trademarks were used as search terms in Google's AdWords system. The company argued that Google's actions created consumer confusion by allowing counterfeit products to be sold using its trademarks.

A district court in Virginia dismissed the lawsuit in 2010. But the case appeared to be headed to court again this year after an appeals court determined that some of the claims should be heard at trial.

The foreign-language-education company, which is based in Arlington, Va., and the Mountain View, Calif.-based Internet search leader said Wednesday that both companies "would rather cooperate than litigate." They said they have made plans to work together to fight piracy and trademark abuse on the Internet.

The companies plan to "meaningfully collaborate" to fight online ads for counterfeit goods and prevent the misuse and abuse of trademarks on the Internet. They said they will work with law-enforcement officials to go after counterfeiters at the source. They did not disclose any additional terms to the settlement.

Rosetta Stone's shares increased 26 cents, or 2.3 percent, to $11.71. Google's shares increased $5.15, less than 1 percent, to $680.30.


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