Airline Seating Travel Website Rejects Seatguru's Copyright Claims Against Airplane Seating Chart and Seat Review Website

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Seattle firms alleges copyright infringement by Seatguru claims is confusingly similar. Publishes airline seat ratings and seat selection tool.

Defending the right to publish airline seat location reviews, seating charts, research, rankings and Seat Comfort Scores™ for leading domestic and international airlines, and it’s owner Consumer Travel Research Systems, Inc. announced today it will vigorously defend itself against claim’s of copyright infringement from, Inc.

On May 1, 2006, filed a civil action in United States Federal Court (#2:06-cv-0500-JCM-GWF) demanding refrain: (1) from using the copyrighted material registered by or any substantially and confusingly similar phrases, images or trade dress in connection with the offering of their services; (2) from representing by words or conduct that Defendants are authorized, sponsored or otherwise connected with; and (3) from any other conduct which causes, or is likely to cause, confusion, mistake, deception, or misunderstanding as to the source, affiliation, connection or Association of’s services. is a consumer travel web site focused on airline travel on airlines such as United Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Airlines and Northwest Airlines. The site provides original consumer information, articles, news and destination guides geared toward airline travelers. The website’s key feature is the Airline Seat Comfort Scorecard™ Tool, licensed from and International Travel Advisors, LLC.

The website contains original airline seat comfort research including; Seat Comfort Scores™ -- 1 to 10 Seat Comfort Score compares location to all other airplanes; Seat Comfort Maps with Ratings™ -- Detailed, color-coded airplane seat maps; Best and Worst Seat Comfort Locator Tool ™ -- Instantly identify the five top and bottom rated seat locations on 300 airplanes from over 70 Airlines. Reports cover Boeing, Airbus and other major airplane types. relies on the original research and content from Researchers analyze multiple sources to find the best airplane interior, seat comfort, and in-flight service information available. All available research data is evaluated using the Airplane Seat Comfort Scorecard™ System. Airplane Seat Comfort Reports™ are created that include seat reviews, seat ratings, seat scores, aircraft interior information, best and worst seats, and in-flight service summaries.

Consumer Travel Research Systems, Inc. created as an original airline travel consumer portal. The court documents claim that “used’s copyrighted materials to develop substantially and confusingly similar web sites”. The Airline Seat Comfort Scorecard database used to power the content found on the site is an original compilation and reflects creative selection and organizing of information.

The website invites all consumers to decide for themselves about the "likelihood of confusion” by comparing the and websites the next time they are researching airline travel.

About Consumer Travel Research Systems, Inc. (CTRS):

CTRS publishes an airline travel web site,, that contains news, articles, tips, tools and destination guides pertaining to airline travel. Coverage includes over 300 airplanes such as Boeing 737, 747, 757 and Boeing 777 as well as Airbus 319 (A319), 320 (A320) and 321 (A321) and other leading manufacturers.

About International Travel Advisors, LLC. (ITA):

ITA licenses original airline travel content, research and seating chart tools. ITA’s Airline Seat Comfort Scorecard™ ( enables travelers to make more informed decisions about airline travel comfort and seating locations.


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