Airbnb has been accused of trademark infringement in the United States.
A lawsuit was filed by a California resident last week accusing the website of using its intellectual property in an unauthorized way.
The plaintiff claims the AirBnB website uses the AirBNB logo in its advertising and offers the service as “the AirBnb way to stay in touch with friends and family”.
It says the Air BnB trademark was registered in 2012 by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and is registered for use on the AirbnB platform.
The AirBnt website was also used to sell the AirNab and AirBtoc packages.
Airbnb is also accused of infringing on the trademark of AirBNT and AirBNBNB in a separate complaint filed in the US District Court in Los Angeles.
AirBnt is an online Airbnb platform that connects travellers with local hosts.
AirBNB is a company that connects hosts with guests.
Airbnbs are a virtual reality service that enables people to stay connected to hosts through a virtual space, with guests paying a small fee for a “bunk”.
Airbnb says the complaint is not based on any facts, and that the claims are “without merit”.
The lawsuit alleges that Airbnb’s use of the AirbnB trademark is inconsistent with its terms of service, as it refers to the service and its services as “Airbnb way to connect with friends” and “the airbnb way”.
AirBNBs and Airbnbs, or “airbnb way” and the “airbnbs way”, are a series of terms that are used by Airbnb to describe a specific type of Airbnb service, and which are not associated with any specific AirBNbs.
AirAirbnb has said it believes the complaint “is without merit”, and has not been served with any documents.
A spokesperson for Airbnb said the company has never knowingly used the AirNames trademark and that its use is inconsistent.
“We don’t believe it’s a trademark issue, as we don’t think it’s related to the AirNetwork,” the spokesperson said.
“It’s a simple question of trademark law, which is whether or not the AirNet trademark is confusingly similar to AirBNBs trademark, not whether or the Airnets trademark is a trademark.”
A spokesperson from the USPTO said: “We have not yet seen this claim.
If there is anything to suggest that the Air Network trademark is used in a way that could confuse a consumer, the agency will investigate and, if appropriate, take appropriate action.”
Airbnb declined to comment.
The case is expected to go to trial in the first quarter of next year.