An American federal court has decided that a search engine
optimisation company had contributed to offences of trademark infringement and
unfair trading committed by one of its clients.
A website-building, hosting and SEO company had built and hosted an e-commerce website operating under the CopyCatClubs.com
domain. Golf club manufacturer Cleveland Golf filed a complaint in 2009 that
material on the website breached 11 of its trademarks.
Now, after a South Carolina federal judge ruled in favour of
Cleveland Golf, a colleague has ordered that web company to pay $770,750 (more
than £481,000) in damages. The amount is far greater than the $28,250 penalty