GOOGLE LOSES DOMAIN NAME DISPUTE Internet giant Google loses

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Internet giant Google loses domain name trademark arbitration. Small and ‘groovy’ Canadian start-up
claims victory.

Toronto, Canada, December 29, 2009 – Internet giant Google has lost an arbitration over the domain
name, In a decision released today, The National Arbitration Forum, dismissed Google’s
complaint that it was entitled to the domain name, Google had claimed that the domain
name, 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 “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 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 and page”. Says Fitzgibbon, “since we launched Groovle in 2007, Google, Bing and
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 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 ”.

The Decision:

More Information:
Jacob Fuller,
TEL: (905) 399 0024

Zak Muscovitch
The Muscovitch Law Firm
TEL: 416-924-5084