Expedia, Inc. has settled trademark dispute proceedings against Expedia Services Limited, a professional services firm in the United Kingdom. Expedia Services agreed to cease using the Expedia(R) name, mark and any similar words or colorings in any future business transactions including customer dealings, financial trading, corporate branding and advertising. The company will also officially change its name, withdraw its previously filed trademark application and discontinue use of its current Web site domain at www.expediaservices.com.
"Expedia has invested significant time and money building a brand that is recognized worldwide as the top destination on the Internet for travelers to book their trips, and we intend to protect that brand," said, Luisa Edwards, Expedia's European General Counsel. "We are very pleased to have this matter resolved in an amicable manner."
Expedia, Inc. operates Expedia.co.uk as well as localized sites in France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands. Expedia, Inc. initially issued opposition proceedings in the UK Patent Office Trade Mark Registry in October 2001 following an Expedia Services request for UK trademark status of the Expedia name. Expedia, Inc. also sued Expedia Services for trademark infringement.
About Expedia, Inc.
Expedia, Inc. is the world's leading online travel service and the fourth largest travel agency in the U.S. Expedia's award-winning Expert Searching and Pricing (ESP) technology delivers the most comprehensive flight options available online. ESP also allows customers to dynamically build complete trips that combine flights, Expedia(R) Special Rate hotels and other lodging, ground transportation, and destination services and activities. Expedia's quality and leadership have been recognized in awards such as PC Magazine's "Editors' Choice" and Forbes' "Favorite General Travel Site." Expedia is an operating company of IAC/InterActiveCorp
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