Google to abandon Gmail name in UK in trademark dispute

[JURIST] Google [corporate website] will no longer use the "Gmail" name for its UK e-mail service in part of a long-running trademark dispute with small UK financial research company Independent II Research (IIIR). IIIR claims that it launched its "G-MailTM" web based email back in May 2002, nearly two years prior to Google's launch of "GmailTM" and last month threatened to sue Google [CNET report] over the dispute. From Wednesday, new users will get an email address with the suffix "googlemail.com" instead of "gmail.com" although users who already have gmail.com addresses will keep these. Google said that it made the change voluntarily to prevent its users from becoming distracted and confused, emphasizing that it does not believe IIIR "provided sufficient evidence to establish any common law rights" to use the name. IIIR has been asking Google to change its e-mail name since 2004 and will continue to seek the trademark to the Gmail name. The Times has more.

 

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