Google Gives Up Gmail Name In Germany
After years of trying to wrest the rights to the Gmail name away from a German businessman, Google decided to abandon the fight.
Nearly three years of confrontation between Google and Daniel Giersch wrapped up when Google opted to stick with the Google Mail name for its web-based email service in Germany.
Google lost a legal challenge in July 2007 when they tried to force Giersch to give up the Gmail trademark. TheLocal.de said German Gmail users received a text message when they tried accessing Gmail.com recently:
“We can’t provide service under the Gmail name in Germany; we’re called Google Mail here instead. If you’re traveling in Germany, you can access your mail at http://mail.google.com. Oh, and we’d like to link the URL above, but we’re not allowed to do that either. Bummer.”
Aside from the name change, and perhaps some wounded pride in Google’s European legal department, users of the service should experience no problems using Google’s mail service. The setback represents a rare legal loss for Google, which has gained a reputation for fighting legal challenges through to the finish in other cases.