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Groupon Trademark Infringement Complaint

Groupon Trademark Infringement Complaint

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Published by Ryan Gile, Esq.
Trademark Infringement Complaint filed in Groupon, Inc. v. Groupon Pty. Ltd. et al, Case No. 10-cv-05634 (N.D. Ill. Filed September 3, 2010).
Trademark Infringement Complaint filed in Groupon, Inc. v. Groupon Pty. Ltd. et al, Case No. 10-cv-05634 (N.D. Ill. Filed September 3, 2010).

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Case: 1:10-cv-05634 Document #: 1 Filed: 09/03/10 Page 1 of 19 PageID #:1
IN
THE
UNITEDSTATESDISTRICTCOURT
FOR
THENORTHERNDISTRICTOFILLINOISEASTERNDIVISION
GROUPON,INC.,aDelawarecorporation,Plaintiff,v.GROUPONPTY.LTD.,anAustraliancorporation,andSCOOPONPTY.,LTD.,anAustraliancorporation,Defendants.CivilActionNo.
JuryTrialDemandedCOMPLAINT
FOR
TRADEMARKINFRINGEMENT,UNFAIRCOMPETITION,DILUTION,CONSUMERFRAUD,DECEPTIVETRADEPRACTICESANDCOPYRIGHTINFRINGEMENT
I.PlaintiffGroupon,Inc.(hereinafter"Groupon")bringsthiscomplaintagainstdefendantsGrouponPty.Ltd.andScooponPty.,Ltd.(hereinafter"defendants",orindividually"defendantGroupon"or"defendantScoopon")fordefendants'infringementanddilution
of
Groupon'sFederalRegisteredMarkandcommonlawrights,andunfaircompetitionanddeceptivetradepractices.Asitscomplaintagainstdefendants,Grouponalleges
as
follows:
NATURE
OF
THE
ACTION
2.
Thisisanactionforservicemarkinfringement,unfaircompetitionanddilutionpursuanttotheLanhamAct,
15
U.S.C.§I125(a);dilutionpursuanttotheIllinoisTrademarkRegistrationandProtectionAct,765ILCS§
1036/65
andthecommonlaw
ofthe
State
of
Illinois;consumerfraudpursuanttotheIllinoisConsumerFraudandDeceptiveBusinessPracticesAct,815I1I.Comp.Stat.§
505/1,
et
seq.;
anddeceptivetradepracticesundertheIllinoisUniformDeceptiveTradePracticesAct,815I1I.Comp.Stat.§
510/1,
et
seq.
Despiteknowledge
of
Groupon'sextensiveuseandsubstantialcommonlawandFederalrightsintheGROUPON
 
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tradenameandservicemark,defendantshaveattemptedtoregister,purchasedandusedconfusinglysimilartermsinconnectionwiththeidenticalservicesindirectcompetitionwithGrouponandinviolation
of
Groupon'sintellectualpropertyrights.Because
of
theimmediateandirreparableharmcausedbydefendants'improperuse
of
Groupon'smark,Grouponseekspreliminaryandpermanentinjunctivereliefanddamagesfordefendants'illegalandunauthorizedacts.
3.
Theactionresultsfrom,
interalia,
defendants'infringement
of
Groupon'sFederalRegisteredMark,GROUPON,U.S.RegistrationNo.3,685,954(hereinafter"GROUPON")(seeExh.A),throughdefendants'unauthorizeduse
of
theconfusinglysimilartermsGROUPONandSCOOPONondefendants'website,relatedadvertisements,andasitsdomainname,inconnectionwiththepromotion
of
discountedgoodsandservices
of
others,andmarketing,advertisingandofferingthediscountedgoodsandservices
of
othersunderthemarkininterstatecommerce.
JURISDICTIONANDVENUE
4.
ThisCourthasjurisdictionoverthisactionpursuantto28U.S.C.
§§
1331and1338(a)and(b)(patent,copyright,trademarkandunfaircompetition).ThisCourthasjurisdictionoverGroupon'srelatedcommonlawclaimunder28U.S.C.§1367(supplementaljurisdiction).
5.
VenueandpersonaljurisdictionareproperintheNorthernDistrict
of
l1linoisunder28
U.S.c.
§
1391
(b)and(c)and
15
U.S.c.
§1121,since,
interalia,
asubstantialpart
of
theeventsoromissionsgivingrisetotheclaimsoccurredhereinthisdistrict,thedefendantisdoingbusinessinthisdistrict,anddefendanthaspromoteddiscountedgoodsandservices
of
others
on
theirwebsite,andprovidedservicesallowingconsumerstopurchasecoupons,in
2
 
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connectionwithmarksconfusinglysimilartoGroupon'smark,inthisdistrict.Further,defendantsareforeigncorporations,beingincorporatedinAustralia,andprovideanInternetwebsitewithasubstantialeffectonUnitedStatescommerce,andasubstantialeffectoncommerceinthisdistrict.
THEPARTIES
6.
Grouponisacorporationorganizedandexistingpursuanttothelaws
of
theState
of
Delaware.Grouponhasaprincipalplace
of
businesslocatedwithinthisdistrictat600WestChicagoAvenue,Chicago,Illinois60654.Grouponisinthebusinessof,
interalia,
promotingthegoodsandservices
of
othersthroughitswebsiteatWWW.groupon.com.Groupon'swebsitefeaturecoupons,price-comparisoninformation,productreviews,linkstotheretailwebsites
of
othersanddiscountinformation.GrouponprovidesitsservicesunderitsFederalRegisteredMarkGROUPON,andhascontinuouslyuseditsmarkinconnectionwithitspromotionalservicessinceasearly
as
October21,2008.
7.
Uponinformationandbelief,defendantGrouponPty.Ltd.isalimitedliabilitycompanyorganizedonoraroundMarch
24,2010
andexistingpursuanttothelaws
of
Australiahavingaprincipalplace
of
businessat2215PrincesHighway,Mulgrave,Victoria3170inAustralia.DefendantGrouponPty.Ltd.haspurchasedthedomainnamewww.groupon.com.auandintendstoprovidetheidenticalservicesasGrouponbymarketingandadvertisingtheidenticaltypes
of
goodsandservicesinconjunctionwiththepromotion
of
goodsandservices
of
othersbyprovidingawebsitethatfeaturescouponsanddiscounts.DefendantGrouponPty.Ltd.hasregularlyandsystematicallyengagedinbusinessinthisdistrictbyofferingitsservicestothecitizens
of
IllinoisthroughitswebsiteatWWW.groupon.com.au.whichstatesthatthewebsiteis"fromthepeoplebehindScoopon".
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