(Reuters) – Facebook owner Meta Platforms Inc. was sued in a trademark lawsuit in Manhattan’s federal court on Tuesday by MetaX LLC, a company that creates immersive virtual reality experiences, for allegedly stealing its name.
New York-based MetaX told the court it had been “crushed” by Facebook’s re-profiling, saying its “ability to function as Meta has been taken out.”
It accused Meta Platforms of infringing on its federal “Meta” trademarks and requested a court order blocking social media companies from using “Meta” for goods and services that overlap with MetaX’s and an unspecified amount of damages.
Meta Platforms changed its name from its eponymous social networking platform in October 2021, and bet that metaverse, a shared virtual sphere, will be successful on mobile internet.
MetaX founder Justin “JB” Bolognino said in a statement that Meta Platforms “had not only endangered our business, but the entire industry and the intellectual property rights of the innovators who helped build it.”
Meta Platforms did not immediately respond to a request for comment.