Fintech Agency Wins Decade-Lengthy Trademark Dispute Resolves Decade-Long Court Case
The fintech startup, situated in Poland, has prevailed in a ten-year legal battle against another online currency exchange that used competitor-related keywords in its advertising. The guilty party was ordered by the court to pay restitution of PLN 2 million (about EUR 440,000), among other things. The case concerned the use of misspellings of the keywords “cinkciarz” and “” in order to promote rival websites in search engines. The defendant, Forex One, threatened further legal action before the Polish Supreme Administrative Court and the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) by arguing that the “cinkciarz” trademark was illegal. Forex One contended that the word “cinkciarz,” which has historically been used to characterise someone engaged in illicit money exchange, was descriptive of these services and shouldn’t be protected as a trademark. Both courts happily rendered decisions for, demonstrating that the word “cinkciarz” had no linguistic connotation at the time and may be used as a trademark and business name. The court ordered Forex One to post an apology on their websites for a month and to stop using the terms “cinkciarz,” “,” or any similar phrases as keywords for Google advertisements. Additionally, the corporation was required to return 80% of’s legal fees, pay over PLN 2 million (EUR 440,000), and donate PLN 40,000 (€ 8,800) to a selected charity.
This case highlights the unethical use of similar phrases or misspellings in conjunction with a competitor’s trademarks for Google Ads. This ruling demonstrates the seriousness of internet trademark infringements as well as the ways in which businesses can protect themselves from these unethical activities. Advances
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