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Google was banned from using the name "Gmail" for its popular webmail service by German court, following a trademark suit filed by the founder of G-Mail, German mail system.
Daniel Giersch, 33, started using the name G-Mail in 2000, four years before Google released "Gmail". The battle for the trademark has dragged on for three years and has been fought in a number of jurisdictions. Google has filed lawsuits against Giersch in Spain, Portugal and Switzerland.
"I have made it clear since the beginning that I will never sell the name," Giersch said, "It is my sole intention to realise my idea for a hybrid mail system. I am absolutely convinced of its success. Neither "G-mail" nor myself are for sale."
German Court Says No to Gmail Name [torontodailynews.com]
September 21st 1999 it was, when the BETA indicator came off the Google logo.
Let alone ANY indication of even a remote chance this upcoming search technology would ever evolve into anything close to mail.
The only reason Google hast taken this to court is to generate as many costs as possible until he gives up the name. If someone with less money than Giersch had owned the name he would already be bankrupt.
I bet everyone here has a domain name they'd like to own but can't. I'd like to think most of us would accept a "no" response and move along if our best offer was turned down.
disclaimer: I reserve the right at a later date to think Giersch is an idiot for not chosing another name and investing his winfall into his email dream if Google made a (very) rediculously high offer. It's just business in the end. Did they even make an offer?
I hope the loser (G) pays the legal bills otherwise Google can ruin him. Gambler's ruin and all....