Meta was sued by another company called Meta who filed the name first

What just happened? It’s not the first time the parent of Facebook Meta has been accused of stealing his name from a company that used it years before the social media giant changed its name in 2021. This time, an art installation company registered as MetaX LLC, known as META or Meta. is, is the accuser and filed a trademark infringement lawsuit to claim the name.

Facebook went all out for its plans for the Metaverse, changing its corporate name to Meta last October. But it seems that Mark Zuckerberg didn’t know or didn’t care that the brand was already in use.

MetaX LLC, a company whose immersive installations use technologies such as augmented and virtual reality and have appeared at events such as Coachella, announced this week that it has filed a lawsuit against Facebook / Meta.

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The MetaX LLC lawsuit claims that the company was founded in 2010 and applied to file its name in 2016. That application was granted in 2020. “On October 28, 2021, Facebook seized our brand and name META, which we put our blood, sweat and start building for over twelve years, “the company writes.

MetaX claims to have spent around eight months trying to negotiate with Facebook, but to no avail, leaving it with no choice but to take legal action. The lawsuit alleges that Facebook infringed META’s federally registered trademarks and common law trademark rights and committed serious acts of unfair competition. He also claims that his business was “crushed” by Facebook.

The lawsuit claims that the numerous privacy scandals and other scandals that have plagued Facebook for years have made it impossible for the two companies to share the name. “… consumers are likely to mistakenly believe that Meta goods and services come from Facebook and that Meta is associated with a toxicity inextricably linked to Facebook,” the filing says.

MetaX also claims that Facebook was well aware of the company’s existence prior to the name change. Founder Justin JB Bolognino says he exchanged emails with senior Facebook employees in 2017 which led to “further discussions about Meta’s products and services, leading Facebook to move closer to Meta to partner with Facebook on future work.”

The lawsuit claims that Facebook’s response to Bolognino’s letter expressing concern that having the same social media company name could harm its business was to point out that they both provide radically different goods and services.

MetaX wants an injunction preventing Meta from using the Meta name. He is also asking for an unspecified amount of damages.

Application of the Meta PC trademark

If the story sounds very familiar, it is because this is not the first time that Meta has been in this position. We heard last year that an Arizona company called Meta PC that sells laptops, accessories, and custom equipment applied for the Meta brand in August 2021. He told Zuckerberg he could buy the company name for $ 20. million, but it seems that Meta never handed over the money.

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