Arbitrators Says Groovle Not Confusingly Similar To Google

from the didn't-expect-that dept

In domain name arbitration disputes, it often seems like the big name almost always wins -- but apparently not always. Canadian search engine Groovle (which actually uses Google as its underlying technology) has won a domain name dispute with Google, as the panelists reviewing the dispute said that Groovle wasn't simple enough to confuse people, and people probably thought of the word "groovy" or "groove" more than Google when they saw Groovle. This really is a bit surprising, since it's pretty rare for the small players to win these sorts of disputes.
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Filed Under: domain names, trademark
Companies: google, groovle


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    The Panty-Mike, 30 Dec 2009 @ 9:00pm

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    sinsi (profile), 30 Dec 2009 @ 9:22pm

    I can see a typo with 'goovle', but the 'r' is out of the way. My first thought was 'groovIe' not 'google'.

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    The Anti Mike, 30 Dec 2009 @ 10:11pm

    I say Groovle IS confusingly similar to Google! After all, I am stupid, so how am I supposed to tell them apart?

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      The Anti-Mike (profile), 30 Dec 2009 @ 10:22pm

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          Not really... but I don't expect you to understand.

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            The Anti Mike, 31 Dec 2009 @ 10:14am

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            Ah yes, the impostor uses the classic dodge.

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        doughless (profile), 31 Dec 2009 @ 11:29am

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    DB, 31 Dec 2009 @ 6:41am

    Ha Ha, But What About Google

    Is there anyone who thinks that Google may has a potential problem with its name when people make it a verb and use it synonymous with "search the Internet"? Go up the Escalator with your Thermos and take an Aspirin after your Shredded Wheat?

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      Anonymous Coward, 31 Dec 2009 @ 8:15am

      Re: Ha Ha, But What About Google

      Actually, in Google's case, it's probably a good thing. The day people start saying they're going to go "Bing" something is when they have a problem.

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    Anonymous Coward, 31 Dec 2009 @ 7:44am

    Google is starting to behave questionably. I also notice how they put their googleupdater thing in the tasks directory so I that it starts up with my computer even though it's not on MsConfig. Kinda sneaky, IMO. Since when has Google resorted to litigation to eliminate the competition?

    "This really is a bit surprising, since it's pretty rare for the small players to win these sorts of disputes."

    Well, except, if it's a company that actually provides a decent product for a decent price and competes with evil rich corporations. Google generally isn't evil, and so courts will tend to rule against them (while they tend to rule in favor of EVIL big corporations), though suing for trademark infringement isn't like them.

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    Steven (profile), 31 Dec 2009 @ 10:52am

    Got it right

    I think I have to agree with the ruling here and I would hope to see more ruling like it. While at a glance the word groovle might look similar to google it should take much more than that to strip the domain from a person or company. If you go to the groovle home page it is clearly different than google.

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    hrrrmmm, 31 Dec 2009 @ 1:12pm

    LOOK at your keyboard

    i sense this was just a way to get hits form the mistakes of people actually going to google but hitting a 'v' instead of a 'g'. GOOGLE would have done better making that a case. Rather then the similarity.

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