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Google Inc.'s right to use the name "Froogle" for its online shopping service came into question Friday when an arbitration panel rejected the company's challenge of a Web site named Froogles.com.
Yet they're defending their right to use the name "Google", when Googles has raised a trademark infringement issue against them. Googles has been around longer than Google and had their trademark first.
Talk about a double standard...
So now I wonder if froogles might sue froogle?
My guess is that the founders of Google absolutely hate it, as it goes against the principles they've built the company on. But maybe I'm wrong and they've sold out like everyone else, who knows.
I find it interesting how they're pursuing "Froogles", a site that was around before they started "Froogle".
When I read the article, I thought the article itself was mis-written.
Originally, I thought the situation was that Froogles sued Google, not the other way around. Maybe what really happened was that Google asked that the case be thrown out and it was not (vs. "Google tried to get Froogles to stop using Froogles.com"). Big difference.
> Wow! Google should have won the case against them.
"It still amazes me that I should have to go through this at all," Wolfe said. "I started my shopping service called Froogles almost two years before Google started a shopping service called Froogle. What more does anyone need to know?"
Indeed. "Don't be evil," my rosy, little bottom...
I can't count how many times I accidentally edded an "s" to the end of Froogle, and got to a totally different website.
Dude, what are you thinking? Do you often end up at Googles.com? Yahoos.com? I have never in my life accidentally added an "s" to Froogle, Google, Yahoo, or any other such site.
This case is a definite "no-brainer". Google should be ashamed.
Exactly. This is just the big guy trying to bully the little guy who was there two years earlier.
P.S. It took me a long time to get here today. I kept getting lost by typing in webmasterworlds.com and I don't even speak German.
I think in order to protect their own trademark, they are required to aggressively pursue any potential infringement, or they lose the right to their trademark.
You mean to say that if I registered a trademark then I have to permanently hire a lawyer as well to "pursue any potential infringement"? ;)
Who the hell is froogles? Has anyone of you ever heard about them before? Are they anyone significant enough to care about? Google is not the primary search engine of the Web; it is the Web.
Someone completely random and irrelevant is claiming that Google's Froogle is trumpeting their rights and causing damages, but, pray tell, what damages? If you were to search for "froogles" you'd probably get to Froogle, but hey, how many people in the world even KNOW who this Froogles person is?
One of the ridiculous things about the society today is that most of people, being raised on cartoons like Tom and Jerry, automatically assume that big and tough is automatically malevolent and small and poor is benevolent. That's crap. Microsoft against mickeysoft is one thing, but froogles against Google is entirely another.
I sincerely hope that this lawsuit is thrown out of court with prejudice, because I can think of one and only one reason for someone to have had filed it first place: settlement and money. This isn't about right or wrong as much as most people's judgement in this thread isn't about the merits; this is about some random guy finding himself in position to blackmail someone through the legal system for profit fully knowing that it'd be easier for them to pay off than do the right thing and slap him in the face.
Actually the right thing would be a slap in the face against froogles, with a restraining order and charge of frivolous lawsuit.
What are you talking about? Google started the dispute against Froogles, not the other way around. Google lost. Now that the owner of Froogles won, he's going after Google for wrongful use of his trademark. He did have it first, so what if Google is "more popular"? First come, first serve.
"If you're smart, you'd go to the search engine that went from a noun to a verb faster than any other product in history".
(From a the Google one-page ad in the March 2004 NYC Search Engine Stratgeies guide, page 16)