"Dear Kats - I have been scrabbling around Google's AdWords site for the last 30mins or so, trying to locate their "new" AdWords trade mark complaint form (which, as far as I am aware, should have been released by now). As far as I can see, the form you have to complete to report a trade mark complaint is -- somewhat ironically given the nature of their business -- virtually impossible to locate, at least to somebody with my level of techy know-how. By way of example, a "Google" search for "adwords trade mark complaint procedure" produces a set of results which link to an article on Google's AdWords site that explains how to file an "AdSense for Domains trademark complaint" (ie not a "run-of-the-mill" trade mark complaint) followed by a list of unhelpful or out-of-date stories/links, most of which are to third party sites. A similar search using the "Search Help" box within Google's AdWords site produces a similarly unhelpful set of results. I would be interested to know whether I am the only one of your readers who's struggling to find the form"Before the Kat had the chance to post this, harassed reader wrote again:
"I am pleased to say that my technology literate trainee managed to find the link to the complaint form hidden towards the bottom of the "What is Google's AdWords and AdSense trademark policy?" page on the AdWords site here. Even so, this took a considerable degree of searching and no small amount of lateral thinking, and it is difficult to avoid the conclusion that Google have done their best to make it as hard as possible for people to lodge a complaint. With this in mind, I thought it might be worth running a control experiment by using Bing's search engine to find the AdWords Trademark Complaint form rather than Google. Interestingly, it turns out that it takes a luddite like me just two clicks to link through to the form via Bing compared to at least six clicks (and fair degree of experimentation) using Google. Is this a sign that Bing's algorithms are now superior to Google's or an indication of Google's reticence to police its own market place…? Either way, it may help other readers avoid a similarly frustrating experience to suggest that they use Bing or follow this link directly to the complaint form."Well, readers, you know what to do by now!
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