News.com has a great write up named Behind Google’s German courtroom battle. Google had to stop using the name Gmail in the UK, the same thing is being fought over in Germany. Daniel Giersch, a German venture capitalist, has who has a six-year-old trademark registration of g-mail, will not give up his trademark to Google. The German courts have required Google to remove all references to “Gmail” on Google’s pages within Germany. Google is trying to argue that “G-mail” is different from “Gmail” and they should be allowed to use the name in Germany. Google is not giving up on this battle, like they did in the UK.
February 7, 2016