Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Gmail Trademarks?

Now here's a surprise, it's not often that the little guy wins these sorts of suits:

Google has failed to win the right to register the term "Gmail" as a wide-ranging European trademark.

The Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (OHIM), the body which is responsible for European community trademarks, rejected Google's appeal after a stiff battle with German-born venture capitalist Daniel Giersch.

This is the way the law is supposed to work:

Giersch, who has held his trademark for six years, has been fighting this battle since Google launched its email service in 2004. The German entrepreneur founded a same-day mail delivery service called GMail designed to offer a swifter alternative to the Deutsche Post.

Last year, a district court in Hamburg already handed Giersch victories at both the preliminary and final stages of the litigation and Google was ordered to remove all Gmail references from its German service.

It's just that it doesn't always do so. Good for the courts.


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