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    Google Sues Froogles.com
    Google Sues Froogles.com
    Cnet, April 19, 2005
    Google has sued Froogles.com, charging the rival shopping search engine with trademark infringement. Mountain View, Calif.-based Google, the No. 1 search engine, filed a 68-page complaint against Froogles.com in the Eastern District Court of New York. The complaint alleges that Froogles.com proprietor Richard Wolfe, a New York state resident, illegally traded on Google's famous name and search brand for profit with a "nearly identical" mark. - Read the whole story...



    This is an affiliate site is it not??

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    Google has more problems with BHO overlays,search bar hijackers and TradeMark Adwords perps to waist time sueing a site that isn't even doing dastardly deeds.
    Webmaster's... Mike and Charlie

    "What have you done today to put real value into a referral click...from a shoppers viewpoint!"

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    I agree.. Since they went public they are turning into Bullies.. TeamplateMonster.com got banned as well did you know? I have never seen them actually acting on thier promises before now they are... wierd stuff going on with Google.

    Msn and Yahoo are getting more popular by the day!

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    I may get labeled a Google-lover for this, but so be it.

    1) Search, at Google, using the title text from any page at Froogles (I checked 5 pages) and you'll see that Google has them indexed from an SEO angle - so they haven't banned them - I see that as playing fair. If I owned a search engine and had a dispute with someone, I'd likely block their site from the results of my search engine.

    2) Google has been on the other end of name disputes many times - here's two:
    http://news.com.com/In+name+dispute%...88.html?tag=nl
    http://news.com.com/Googles+X+files+...47.html?tag=nl

    3) As a public company, they have a fiduciary responsibility to their shareholders to protect their trademarks and service marks. A private company can choose to ignore such behavior. But, if I was a Google shareholder and knew they didn't act to protect their trademarked names, I could file a class action suit against them claiming they damaged my investment by being irresponsible and not protecting an asset that I partially own as a shareholder.

    And lastly...

    4) If someone copied the theme of my site and changed one letter in the domain name to come up with their site's name, I'd sue as well.


    Let the flaming begin.

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    donuts is correct.

    its like microsoft...they are a public company looking after interests of shareholders...meaning---> PROFIT

    i cant blaim them for that, after all, all we are on the same road to making profit.

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    Okay Donuts and KGP...let the diddy throw this wrench into the machine....

    Froogle (google) registered in 2001

    Froogles (the apparant knock off) registered in 2000

    This is a bully thing

    I am out

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    Newbie at tooting my own horn M_Diddy's Avatar
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    maybe he should sue google for stealing his idea

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    hey i dont take anyones part, i am just saying that everyone keeps their interest on this issue.

    meaning that google is doing correct doing what they have to do
    and froogles should play their part as well....in order for their interests to be protected.

    hope i am not misunderstood this time ;-)

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    Newbie at tooting my own horn M_Diddy's Avatar
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    So if this guy mr Froogles is doing his thing and all of a sudden all mighty Google decides to counterfit what he was already doing, they have reason to sue him?

    Seems a lil wrong...I feel bad for the dude.

    It reminds me of the McDonalds lawsuit for their domain years ago....

    It's all about the benjamins I guess

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    Lite On The Do, Heavy On The Nuts Donuts's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by M_Diddy
    Okay Donuts and KGP...let the diddy throw this wrench into the machine....
    Froogle (google) registered in 2001
    Froogles (the apparant knock off) registered in 2000
    This is a bully thing
    I am out
    They are huge and so they do "bully" others.
    If they were small and did the same, we'd cheer them.
    It's in our nature to characterize this way.

    Also the dispute is not centered on the domain name registration date - but the trademark dates.

    And the article specifically says:
    "Froogles.com registered for a trademark for e-commerce related marketing services in September 2003."
    -and-
    "Google filed a trademark application for Froogle in November 2002"

    I'm not saying Google is right or that they will or should win - it depends on the particulars of their trademark applications and any consequent approval of them.

    But I am saying that if I were in their shoes (big or small), I'd do exactly what they're doing - seek protection for my assets.

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    Newbie at tooting my own horn M_Diddy's Avatar
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    I am with ya there...just part of doing business I guess

    I wonder if Don King is the fight promoter

    Diddy

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