NC Republican Sue Googe Might Get Sued By Google

Republican congressional candidate Sue Googe is using a very familiar font for her campaign — and it might land her in hot water with a tech giant.

Republican Sue Googe's last name is just a keystroke away from tech giant Google and she's milking it for all it's worth.

Googe, who is running for the 4th Congressional District of North Carolina, is being called out for her campaign signs' very familiar font, which incidentally is identical to Google’s typeface.

The only visible difference between Google’s and Googe’s logo is the absence of the letter ‘l’ and the color. Google uses multiple colors for its symbol, while Googe’s name appears white on purple background (which, by the way, are also the colors of another tech company, Yahoo.) But that’s neither here nor there.

Googe, when asked about the uncanny resemblance, said her campaign consultant, Tidewater Strategies, designed the logo and did not reveal to her what font they used. She said she has contacted an intellectual property lawyer to review the case but insists they will find she is not breaking any laws. She also added she has not heard from the tech giant but states “if they want me to change it, I’m more than happy to change it.”

People are now contemplating whether the tech giant will sue the Republican and her name is generating a lot of puns.





Google offers many fonts for commercial use but this particular, customized font named “Product Sans” is not one of them. Yet, the Republican insists her use of the typeface would only violate copyrights law if she were Google’s competitor. 

Banner and thumbnail credit: Reuters, Baz Ratner

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