Gmail in Germany?: Nein Danke

18 Mar

Google has lost another court battle in Germany to trademark the term Gmail.  The Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) has just published a ruling made last month, dismissing Google’s appeal of the original decision against the company. The trademark will remain with an email service founded in 2000 by Daniel Giersch.  

Plus, German courts are growing weary of Google’s repeated legal attempts to co-opt the brand and have banned the company from taking up the Gmail/G-mail issue outside of OHIM or an official settlement (which Giersch is not interested in).

Google will be forced to use Google Mail nomenclature in Germany, although email addresses will still use @gmail.com.

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