Germany turns "Googlemail" into "Gmail"

Most of the world is familiar with using Gmail, the web-based email service provided by Google. That's not the case in Germany, which has let its citizens use the "Googlemail" name for the service. News.com reports that Google was forced to use "Googlemail" in Germany due to a trademark dispute that began back in 2005.

At that time, a German venture capitalist named Daniel Giersch got his hands on the "G-Mail" trademark" to describe an electronic postal delivery service also known as "Giersch mail". So Google was forced to use "Googlemail" instead of "Gmail" in Germany.

Now a new post on the Gmail UK blog announces that in a few weeks, "Googlemail" will finally turn into "Gmail" in Germany. The post states:

All new accounts will receive an @gmail.com address and if you have an existing @googlemail.com address, you'll soon be able to switch to @gmail.com. Once you make the change, you will still receive mail sent to your @googlemail.com address and all of your emails, contacts, and account settings will stay exactly the same. Plus, you can switch back at any time if you change your mind.

The post doesn't say how Google was able to obtain the Gmail trademark in Germany, although it was apparently transferred to Google in April, according to Google Watch. Google has not commented on the terms of the transfer, including if it paid any money to Giersch for the rights to the Gmail name.

Source: News.com

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Always good to see some silly trademark dispute resolved.

MrXXIV said,
3rd world problems. You're always getting something late.

Germany? A third world country? Seriously?

West Germany was considered a first world country during the Cold War and a member of NATO from 1955 forward and East Germany was a second world country and a member of the Warsaw Pact, which was formed in response to West Germany joining NATO.

I won't even bother commenting on terms like "Global South" and "Developing Countries" due to the fact the Cold War is long over.

Blar said,
Always good to see some silly trademark dispute resolved.

Germany? A third world country? Seriously?

West Germany was considered a first world country during the Cold War and a member of NATO from 1955 forward and East Germany was a second world country and a member of the Warsaw Pact, which was formed in response to West Germany joining NATO.

I won't even bother commenting on terms like "Global South" and "Developing Countries" due to the fact the Cold War is long over.


Add the fact that Germany is currently singlehandedly carrying the European economy! (ye small countries like holland, belgium, denmark etc help) but the german economy is the biggest of Europe
And speaking of history, the germans took on half the world on their own with WW1 and WW2... they accomplished things not a single other country ever accomplished before

MrXXIV said,
3rd world problems. You're always getting something late.

Have you ever been to (West) Germany? Looks like the answer is "no", because if you have then you'd be very surprised to realize that the rest of developed world no longer seems to be developed...

MrXXIV said,
3rd world problems. You're always getting something late.

I'm German and you just made my day!

GS:ios

Edited by Glassed Silver, Jun 21 2012, 9:51am :

thats not exactly true, Google Mail users could always use @gmail.com for their emails.

the UK was one of the countries in which Gmail was Google Mail, everyone was given GoogleMail.com email addresses, but if you were to send an email to ...@gmail.com it'd still work.