Google loses Gmail name (in Germany)

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A German court has ruled that Google cannot use the name “Gmail” in Germany, upholding a claim by 33-year old Daniel Giersch’s e-mail service, called “G-mail”, that was launched 4 years before the search giant started “Gmail”.

Mr. Giersch’s lawyers have also said to the court that it has put them into a costly three-year marathon of lawsuits in Germany and also in Spain, Portugal and Switzerland.

Giersch has also said that he was not trying to extort the name for a princely sum from Google.