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Friday, 12 November 2010 11:32

Google sticks the screws on Scoogle

Written by Nick Farell
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Trademark wars
Search engine outfit Google seems to be engaged in some heavy trademark wars down under. After settling a trademark dispute with an online booze outfit Groggle and getting it to change its name, Google is leaning on another company called Scoogle.

Owned by Colin Redmond and Josie Meadows the outfit sells eyewear and is named after Meadows's family name Scougal. According to AP the two owners said that Google had "essentially just picked a fight" with them.

"It's just bullying the modified version of the Scoogle family name," the source said. They said they would have to spend "at least $5000" in out of court legal costs.

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-15 #1 Sodomy 2010-11-12 13:17
to be honest, Google has every right, this is not bullying. Under Australian law if a company fails to protect it's IPs and trademarks they (the IP and trademarks) are considered to be forfeited, and will no longer be enforced by the government.

also this is clearly a case where they where trying to make the name sound ( i mean read like) like Google.
 
 
+13 #2 deadspeedv 2010-11-12 13:33
So basically anything with "oogle" is copywrited by google? I am pretty sure there are alot of companies that have similar names that appears BEFORE google's time (google is only 12 years old) and if they wanted to fight google using the same tactics then they have every right too. Double edge sword that could force google to change their name.
 
 
+12 #3 droid_hunter 2010-11-12 15:43
Google has become some greedy skanks that wants it all for themselves. Thats generally what happens to people when they get too much power, they want more.
 
 
+7 #4 thomasg 2010-11-12 17:00
Considering one is a technology company, and one is an eyewear company, what's the problem? I thought these kind of disputes only happened if the companies were competitors, I.E. Microsoft can't come out with a Scoogle search engine.
 
 
+12 #5 Wolfdale 2010-11-12 17:46
Quoting Sodomy:
also this is clearly a case where they where trying to make the name sound ( i mean read like) like Google.


and on the other hand, a company based on a family named scougal wich sells sunglasses (goggles.. google).. wich names its brand scoogle. has every right to do so..
google patented etc the name google, not scoogle,
and since this is a completely different kind of business (commercial retail vs online search engine) this is just a bully indeed, and i would seriously hate google if they keep up with this shit
 
 
-8 #6 Sodomy 2010-11-12 18:43
Quoting Wolfdale:
wich names its brand scoogle. has every right to do so..
google patented etc the name google, not scoogle,


nah, as i said earlier, if they want the trade mark they have to try and protect it. also for your 'scoogle to be correct... what is a google? goggle is a form of eyeware (relevant), also as they are pronounced differently there would be no issue, so scoggle would be a no issue. remeber when Apple tried to sue woolworths (a supermarket chain) for using an apple in their updated logo (also an Australian case)? did apple win? no. did it try to protect its trademark? yes. this is reasonably justified otherwise the consumer would get confused when similar trademarks and logos come into the market.
 
 
+1 #7 Adamal 2010-11-13 05:49
So, why would the eyewear company want to alter the family name it's based off anyway?
 
 
+1 #8 Jaberwocky 2010-11-14 10:51
lets see Apple try and take all the Greengrocers in the world to court over selling the Green and Red Fruit. :lol:
 
 
+1 #9 Jaberwocky 2010-11-14 10:56
Also wondering what would happen if a Computer company called itself Pear decided to bring out a range of products with a pear logo on the front.Would the AMD colaborator of broken fruit try to sue.If they did would any woman with the name of sue try to sue them for using the name sue in court....Now where's the funny men in white coats to take me away.
 
 
+2 #10 thomasg 2010-11-14 23:41
Quoting Sodomy:
what is a google? goggle is a form of eyeware (relevant),


a google is one with a million zero's or maybe it's a billion, I forget.
 

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