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Google Gets German Trademark Rights for G-mail, Ends Battle

April 16, 2012

Google Inc. (GOOG:US), owner of the world’s most-used Internet search engine, acquired the German rights to the name “G-mail,” according to a filing at the nation’s trademark office.

Google, which owns trademark rights to Gmail in more than 60 nations, has been fighting with German businessman Daniel Giersch who won the rights to “G-mail” in 2000. Giersch prevented Google from registering “Gmail” with the European Union’s trademark office in 2008. The dispute led to a series of court cases after the Mountain View, California-based company started its e-mail service using the name “Gmail” in 2004.

Giersch didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment. Google spokesman Stefan Keuchel confirmed in an e-mail that the German disputes have been ended.

The trademark transfer was reported by the CIO website earlier today.

To contact the reporter on this story: Karin Matussek in Berlin at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Anthony Aarons at

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