Google asks for Groggle extension

Google asks for Groggle extension

Summary: Google has said it will try and extend the deadline to lodge opposition against the Groggle trademark name.

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Google has said it will try and extend the deadline to lodge opposition against the Groggle trademark name.

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Groggle's logo(Credit: Groggle)

Two weeks ago Google sent a legal letter to the founders of Groggle requesting that the Australian location-based liquor price comparison company cease using the name and hand over the domain name it had registered.

Google had yet to lodge any opposition with the trademark regulator IP Australia, which approved the trademark on 4 February. The 90-day deadline for opposition to this trademark passes today, but a Google spokesperson told ZDNet Australia that Google was seeking more time.

"We plan to extend the deadline to oppose in order to give the parties further time to reach an agreement," the spokesperson said.

"We've received the applicant's response and are in the process of reviewing it to determine how to proceed," she added. "We're hopeful we'll reach an agreement without any need for legal action on either side."

According to IP Australia, Google had not yet lodged opposition to the trademark or sought an extension at the time of writing.

Groggle co-founder Cameron Collie said he had yet to hear back from the internet giant on his response.

Topics: Google, Legal

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  • Google does not even have rights to the name google, it is plain out plagiarism, as any person over the age of 60 would know.

    I hope old google eyes had descendants, so that they can put a stop to this plagiarism
    Fredsan
  • See, it just goes to show, you get a few billion dollars under your belt and you think you can just throw a wad of cash at a law firm and say "Get those guys". Well in this case it looks like Google will have to Grovvel.

    All in all it's good publicity for Groggle and will definately increase the value of the domain name.
    llmau
  • I don't see why Google should get an extension. They had 90 days to file an objection, if that's not enough time then what difference does an extra week or two make?
    Dean Harding