Groupon Files Lawsuit Against Australian Clone “Scoopon”
“The worldwide proliferation of Groupon clones has beenÂ well documented. One particular clone in Australia called Scoopon, created by the brothers Gabby and Hezi Leibovitch, has been making life difficult for us. Scoopon went a little further than just starting their Groupon clone â€“ they actually purchased the Groupon.com.au domain name, took the company name Groupon Pty Limited, and tried to register the Groupon trademark (filing for the trademark just seven days before us) in Australia.
The way we see things, this is a classic case of domain squatting â€“ an unfortunate reality of the Internet business. As Groupon became internationally known, opportunistic domain squatters around the world started to buy local Groupon domain names, thinking that weâ€™d eventually be forced to buy them at an insane price. In fact, we tried to do just that, reluctantly offering Gabby and Hezi Leibovich about $286,000 for the Groupon.com.au domain and trademarkâ€”an offer they accepted. But now theyâ€™ve changed their minds, and we believe that theyâ€™ll only sell us the domain and trademark if weâ€™re willing to buy the entire Scoopon business from them. Left with no other options, weâ€™ve filed a lawsuit against Scoopon, claiming that their Groupon trademark was filed in bad faith (amongst other things).”
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