Sue Googe says she is not violating trademark laws for campaign logo font; Confirms Google hasn't contacted her
May 13, 2016 09:54 AM EDT
The campaign period has begun for those hopeful to grab a seat at the 4th Congressional District of North Carolina congress. But candidate Sue Googe stood out recently due to the font used for her campaign materials that bear uncanny similarities to the logo of popular search engine, Google.
Googe used two different fonts in her campaign materials. According to The Verge, Googe's campaign signs naturally gave more focus on her name that was written in large fonts. A different font was used for the word "Sue" but what grabbed attention was the use of Google's bespoke sans-serif typeface for the word "Googe".
The word "Googe" was also written with the slanted "e" that looks different to the "e" in the word "Sue". Although the text in the campaign materials were written in white on purple background, Googe's last name appear almost exact similar to Google's logo but without the letter "l".
While Google is yet to release a statement about the issue, Googe maintained in her statement to Daily Mail Online that she is not violating the trademark laws for using such font on her campaign, noting that such violation would only be made if she was competing against the company.
Googe said that Google hasn't contacted her about her campaign but per News Observer, she also added that she will make changes if the company does not agree with it. "If they want me to change it, I'm more than happy to change it," she said.
The North Carolina congress candidate clarified that her campaign logo was designed by her campaign consulting firm, Tidewater Strategies and that she was not informed about the font used for the materials.
In her campaign, Googe stated that she aims to keep the American dream alive. 'The corruption and cronyism in our political system is threatening our nation's prosperity. I want to be a new voice for the people of North Carolina's 4th District, to ensure the American Dream is alive and thriving for all Americans," Googe's biography stated. Googe is a first generation Chinese immigrant who arrived in the United States in her twenties.