Use of Google Brand FeaturesGeneral Information
Although we would like to accommodate all the requests we receive from users who want to add a touch of Google to their sites, we are passionate about protecting the reputation of our brand as an objective and fair provider of search results. That means we have to turn down many requests because sites imply that Google is endorsing them or is otherwise affiliated with them. The same applies if Google's trademarks, logos, web pages, screen shots or other distinctive features ("Google Brand Features" or "Brand Features") are associated with objectionable material, as determined by Google.
As a result, we require that you have Google's explicit written permission before using any Google Brand Features. These Brand Features can be used only pursuant to these Guidelines, our Terms and Conditions and for the specific purposes for which Google has given permission. If you have a written agreement with Google that specifically addresses how you may use its Brand Features, you do not need to go through the approval process here unless you want to do something other than what has been authorised in your existing agreement. Otherwise, the only time you can use Brand Features without advance written permission is if there is clear and express language on our website stating that you can use those Brand Features without first obtaining permission, such as is the case with our search boxes.
When you use any of our Brand Features, you must always follow the Rules for Proper Use included in these Guidelines. In addition, Google may provide you with written requirements as to the size, typeface, colours and other graphic characteristics of the Google Brand Features. If we provide these requirements to you at the time of our approval, you must implement them before using our Brand Features. If we provide these requirements to you after we initially gave our permission, you must implement them within a commercially reasonable timeframe.
To request approval, complete the Permission Request Form and send it to us with the information specified in the form. Although, we will try to reply within 10 business days, we cannot guarantee that, and you cannot use Google Brand Features until we have expressly granted you approval.
The approval to use Google Brand Features is limited to the information provided in your request. If your anticipated use changes, before or after, Google grants approval, you must update your request accordingly.
Please note that we can only give you permission to use the Google Brand Features. We cannot give you permission to use any brand features belonging to third parties.
Trademark BasicsWhat is a trademark?
A trademark is a word, name, symbol or device (or a combination thereof) that identifies the goods or services of a person or company and distinguishes them from the goods and services of others. A trademark assures consumers of consistent quality with respect to those goods or services and aids in their promotion.
Why is it important to use marks correctly?
Rights to a trademark can last indefinitely if the owner continues to use the mark to identify its goods and services. If trademarks are not used properly, they may be lost and one of the company's most important assets may lose all of its value. Rights may be lost not only because of a trademark owner's improper use of the mark, but through improper use of the trademark by the public.
Rules for Proper UseThings to do:
- If you are using a Google trademark, distinguish the trademark from the surrounding text in some way. Capitalise the first letter, capitalise or italicise the entire mark, place the mark in quotes, use a different type style or font for the mark than for the generic name.
- If you do not capitalise the entire mark, always spell and capitalise the trademark exactly as they are shown in the Google Trademarks and Suggested Accepted Generic Terms below.
- Use the trademark only as an adjective, never as a noun or verb and never in the plural or possessive form.
- Use a generic term following the trademark, for example: GOOGLE search engine, Google search, GOOGLE web search.
- Use only Google-approved artwork when using Google's logos.
- If you are using a Google logo on a web page, there must exist a minimum spacing of 25 pixels between each side of the logo and other graphic or textual elements on your web page.
- Normally, an unregistered Google Brand Feature should be followed by the superscripted letters TM or SM to give notice that the company claims trademark rights in the term. A registered Google Brand Feature should be followed by the symbol ® to identify the term as a registered trademark. In advertising copy, notice of trademark rights may be provided in a footnote format – e.g., by placing an asterisk adjacent to the Google Brand Feature and placing an appropriate notice at the bottom of the page on which the asterisk appears. Example: *GOOGLE is a trademark of Google Inc.
- One of the conditions for all uses is that you cannot mess around with our marks. Only we get to do that. Do not remove, distort or alter any element of a Google Brand Feature. That includes modifying a Google trademark, for example, through hyphenation, combination or abbreviation, such as: Googliscious, Googlyoogly, GaGooglemania. Do not shorten, abbreviate or create acronyms out of Google trademarks.
- Do not display a Google Brand Feature as the most prominent element on your web page.
- Do not display a Google Brand Feature in any manner that implies a relationship or affiliation with, sponsorship or endorsement by Google or that can be reasonably interpreted to suggest that editorial content has been authored by or represents the views or opinions of Google or Google personnel.
- Do not display a Google Brand Feature on any web site that contains or displays adult content, promotes gambling, involves the sale of tobacco or alcohol to persons under twenty-one years of age or otherwise violates applicable law.
- Do not display a Google Brand Feature in a manner that is in Google's sole opinion misleading, unfair, defamatory, infringing, libellous, disparaging, obscene or otherwise objectionable to Google.
- Do not display a Google Brand Feature on a site that violates any law or regulation.
- Do not frame or mirror any Google page (including the page that appears in reply to a click on the Google logo or Google search box).
- Do not incorporate Google Brand Features into your own product name, service names, trademarks, logos or company names.
- Do not copy or imitate Google's trade dress, including the look and feel of Google web design properties or Google brand packaging, distinctive colour combinations, typography, graphic designs, product icons or imagery associated with Google
- Do not adopt marks, logos, slogans or designs that are confusingly similar to our Brand Features.
- Do not register Google trademarks as second-level domain names.
- Do not use Google trademarks in a way that suggests a common, descriptive or generic meaning.
- Trademark rights vary from country to country. Some countries have severe criminal and civil penalties for improper use of the registration symbol. Therefore, do not use the registration symbol (®) in countries where the mark has not been registered.
Google Trademarks and Suggested Accepted Generic TermsTrademarks
Google search engine
Google.org non-profit foundation
Google AdSense advertising programme
Google Adverting Professionals programme
Google AdWords advertising programme
Google Alerts email update service
Google Answers research service
Google Analytics Web analytics service
Google Base listing service
Google Blog weblog
Google Blog Search service
Google Book Search service
Google Calendar calendaring service
Google Catalogs catalogue search
Google Code open source developer site
Google Compute feature
Google Dashboard Widgets for Mac software
Google Desktop searching software
Google Desktop Search search tool
Google Deskbar software
Google Directory Web directory
Google Earth mapping service
Google Extensions for Firefox software
Google Finance financial information service
Google Foundation non-profit organisation
Google Free search services
Google Gadgets software
Google Glossary glossary service
Google Grants programme
Google Groups Usenet discussion forums
Google Image Search image search service
Google Images image search service
Google Labs research division
Google Mail webmail service
Google Maps mapping service
Google Mars mapping service
Google Mini hardware
Google Mobile wireless service
Google Music Search service
Google News news service
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Google Pack software download service
Google Page Creator Web page creation service
Google Personalized Home personalised homepage service
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Google Q&A search service
Google Reader feed reader
Google Related Links service
Google Ride Finder taxi search
Google SafeSearch filtering
Google Scholar scholarly texts search
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Google Sets set prediction service
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Google Sitemaps service
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Google SMS mobile messaging service
Google Store online store
Google Suggest suggestion service
Google Talk instant messaging service
Google Toolbar search bar
Google Transit trip planning service
Google Translate translation service
Google Video video search
Google Web Accelerator software
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Google Web Search features
Google Zeitgeist report
AdWords advertising service
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Blogger web publishing service
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Froogle product search
Gmail webmail service
I'm Feeling Lucky search service
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Picasa photo organiser software
Hello picture instant message service
Dodgeball social networking service
Joga online community
Keyhole mapping service
Urchin Web analytics service
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Quantified Web analytics service
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dMarc advertising services
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