Trademark settlement – Google & Groggle

An Australian businessman has entered into a settlement of a trademark dispute with Google which took issue with the name of his location-based alcohol comparison website Groggle.

Cameron Collie acquired all of the Groggle related domain names for each country, registered the business and only then applied to register Groggle as a trademark.

The trademark registration was accepted by IP Australia, however Google issued a cease and desist letter prior to the closure of the time period for launching opposition proceedings. Google requested Collie withdraw his trademark application and transfer all domain names to Google.

Collie signed a confidentiality agreement with Google and therefore isn’t at liberty to disclose the terms of the settlement with Google. He has changed the name to Drinkle.

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