I'm a 1-woman independent developer who made an app called Front Jacuzzi Back Corgi - or FJBC for short. Today, I received a trademark infringement notice from Jacuzzi.com
It's unexpectedly not from the App Store, but from Google Play.
trademark_explain: Unauthorized use of the JACUZZI Trademark within the App that misleads the users into falsely believing that the developer is a manufacturer, licensee, or authorized user of Jacuzzi Inc’s. trademarks, or that Jacuzzi Inc. has endorsed or sponsored the App and or its associated websites, and any third party website.
My usage of jacuzzi seems to be the dictionary non-Jacuzzi.com branded version. Nothing in my app even remotely looks like things from jacuzzi.com ...
But, are there other conditions that I should be aware of?
Arguably, my app merely simulates the feel of a jacuzzi resort - and does not even include a jacuzzi. Technical people have criticized my water effects for not actually looking like a jacuzzi. The audio recording is actually not from a jacuzzi either.
Any advice is appreciated - esp on how to respond. Thank you
In trying to come up with a name to stick with, I've encountered a lot of dictionary words such as jet and jets that turn out to be trademarked? How would you suggest I make sure the re-name would be okay? Previously, I had searched to make sure Front Jacuzzi wasn't used as a name, but was not aware that jacuzzi had a trademark meaning beyond that defined in m-w.com