Google Loses Domain Name Dispute

Internet giant Google has lost an arbitration over the domain name, Groovle.com.
In a decision released today, The National Arbitration Forum,
dismissed Google’s complaint (Claim Number: FA0911001293500) that it was
entitled to the domain name, Groovle.com. Google had claimed that the domain
name Groovle.com, is
"confusingly similar" to its trademark for "Google." The National Arbitration Forum is an international arbitration
service accredited by ICANN, the
international agency that oversees the Internet, to provide resolution services
for domain name disputes around the world.

The unanimous three person panel composed of two retired American judges and
one American law professor, ruled that Groovle.com "is not confusingly similar" to
Google’s trademark, "Google." To-date, Google has commenced 65 domain name
disputes and this is only the second time that it has ever lost.

Young Canadian entrepreneurs Jacob Fuller and Ryan Fitzgibbon, who have been
friends since high school, launched the innovative Groovle.com web site in 2007,
and it has proven immensely popular with young Internet users. As Fuller
explains, "Groovle was created to provide users the ability to upload photos and
customize their Internet start page. We thought it would be a cool feature to
have a nice photo of friends, family etc., every time you launch your web
browser, instead of the very plain Google.com and Yahoo.com page." Says
Fitzgibbon, "Since we launched Groovle in 2007, Google, Bing and Ask.com have
each come out with something similar."

Groovle’s young creators are elated with the decision. "We were stunned when
Google launched the domain name dispute as we have great respect for Google and
have always had a good relationship with them," said Ryan Fitzgibbon. Jacob
Fuller added that, "Google never had anything to fear from our web site. The
arbitrators’ decision that the two domain names are sufficiently different
should put Google at ease and we look forward to a renewed positive relationship
with Google."

Groovle was successfully defended by renowned domain name lawyer and Internet
law expert, Zak Muscovitch, who says, "Google clearly miscalculated here,
however, my clients are prepared to put this behind them."

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