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Groupon Files Lawsuit Against Australian Clone Scoopon

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Deal-of-the-day website Groupon ran a blog post explaining why they're not in Australia (since its founding in 2008, the company has expanded to thirty-seven countries). Apparently the Australian Groupon clone Scoopon "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." Groupon offered the company $286,000 for the Groupon.com.au domain and trademark — an offer Scoopon accepted — but then they changed their minds. So now Groupon filed a lawsuit against Scoopon, "claiming that their Groupon trademark was filed in bad faith." In the meantime, if you want Australian Groupon goodness, you can go to stardeals.com.au.

· Why Groupon Isn’t in Australia [Groupon]
· All Groupon Coverage on Eater [-E-]

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