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Thread: New Legal Threat To GMail

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    Posted by CmdrTaco on Tuesday September 13, @09:36AM
    from the stuff-you-can't-make-up dept.
    wellington writes "Google is facing a renewed threat of legal action from a company that claims to own the intellectual property rights to its GMail e-mail service. Independent International Investment Research, a British company that specialises in research and has several leading City investment banks as clients, argues that it launched "G-Mail web based email" in May 2002.
    http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=05/09/13/1227226
    Last edited by RealitY; 09-13-2005 at 07:58 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RealitY
    Posted by CmdrTaco on Tuesday September 13, @09:36AM
    from the stuff-you-can't-make-up dept.
    wellington writes "Google is facing a renewed threat of legal action from a company that claims to own the intellectual property rights to its GMail e-mail service. Independent International Investment Research, a British company that specialises in research and has several leading City investment banks as clients, argues that it launched "G-Mail web based email" in May 2002.
    http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=05/09/13/1227226
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    both sides making offers but failing "to meet in the middle".
    IIR: Give us 25M -> GAP <- Google: Fuck off

    IIR should save their money. The idea of storing info on the web is hardly original, neither is web based email, so the only possibility is that they are talking about the actual name. That isn't an infringement of intellectual property rights, it is a Trade Mark dispute. The fact that they are calling it "intellectual property rights" seems to indicate that they failed to register the TM.

    The unspecified German company may have a better claim, since it would appear that it has actually registered the TM.
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    Well, Google is forced to change the name:

    http://business.timesonline.co.uk/ar...834586,00.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by scales1
    Well, Google is forced to change the name:

    http://business.timesonline.co.uk/ar...834586,00.html

    I can't decide who's side I'm on.

    In the end, I don't think I care.

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    Yup. Now changed to "Google Mail".

    Why would this company wait so long to take action, after G Mail has been out for so long. I'm smelling money-making in the background.

    The story behind the new "Google Mail" name

    You may have noticed the Google Mail logo. We are changing our service's name in the UK. Starting October 19, 2005, all new users will have @googlemail.com addresses. Don't worry, though – all messages are being sent and delivered as before.


    Why the name change then?

    We have been involved in a dispute regarding the Gmail trademark in the UK. Another company has claimed rights to the Gmail name. We have tried to resolve this dispute through negotiations, but our efforts have failed.

    We are still working with the courts and trademark office to protect our ability to use the Gmail name, but in the meantime, we want you to have an email address you can rely on.

    We are dedicated to offering the best email service to our users. Our email service stays the same no matter what the logo is or what follows the @ symbol. This change lets our team focus their time on continuing to bring you excellent service.


    What this means for our users
    Do I need to do anything?
    No. Although the name is changing, your email service remains the same. To sign in, you can go to the same page as before, or you can now also visit: http://mail.google.com/mail.


    When will you start offering @googlemail.com addresses? When will this change take place?
    Starting October 19, 2005, the Gmail service will be renamed Google Mail in the UK. We will no longer issue new @gmail.com addresses. All new addresses will be @googlemail.com addresses.


    What if I invite someone? Will they also have to create an @googlemail.com address?
    That depends on where your invitation recipients are located. If they are in a country where we issue Gmail addresses, then they will get an @gmail.com address. But from the UK, you will only be able to send Google Mail invitations. If your recipient is also in the UK, he or she will only be able to get an @googlemail.com address.


    What if I'm a UK user who already has a Gmail address? Will I also need to change that address?
    No, this change doesn’t affect existing Gmail addresses. For now, our plan is only to issue @googlemail.com addresses to new users. Trust that we will do the best we can to offer all our users a reliable and consistent email experience.
    Last edited by Samurai; 10-20-2005 at 03:30 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scales1
    Well, Google is forced to change the name:

    http://business.timesonline.co.uk/ar...834586,00.html
    thats a shame, i realy like Gmail and prefer it over "Google Mail"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Samurai
    Yup. Now changed to "Google Mail".

    Why would this company wait so long to take action, after G Mail has been out for so long. I'm smelling money-making in the background.
    Oh they were definitely hoping for a pay-off. I expect they are now a bit miffed because they've been made to look like a bunch of cunts.

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    bah, "Google Mail", what a shit name, I'm going to find another email provider
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    Quote Originally Posted by DarthInsinuate
    bah, "Google Mail", what a shit name, I'm going to find another email provider
    I hope that's sarcasm

    Their service is going down the toilet, and if you're already a UK citizen with a GMail account, it won't change. You get to keep it.

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