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Old 03-05-2007, 04:35 PM
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Google: The British Are Coming For GMail!
Submitted by Jason Lee Miller on Tue, 02/27/2007 - 14:47.

The company that recently won the rights to the GMail trademark in the UK has taken its case Stateside. And if Independent International Investment Research (IIIR) is successful claiming its stake to GMail in the US as well, your @gmail.com address could change to @googlemail.com instead.

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Smith confirmed that if the USPTO granted IIIR the GMail trademark, the company would seek monetary damages from Google based upon the value of the mark. According to a press release on the company's website, the GMail mark is valued between $48 and $64 million. IIIR will not, however ask for transfer of the gmail.com domain, only that Google change the name of its email service.
If I understand what a domain is, then our email addresses won't be changing from @gmail.com.
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If I understand what a domain is, then our email addresses won't be changing from @gmail.com.
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If I understand what a domain is, then our email addresses won't be changing from @gmail.com.
It kinda makes no sense to me. If they don't want the domain (google owns - http://www.gmail.com - it forwards to http://mail.google.com/mail/), then what do they care?

And I'd assume if they don't want google calling their email service gmail, then they wouldn't be allowed to distribution XXX@gmail.com accounts.
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According to wiki, nobody's lost their @gmail address.

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On October 19, 2005, the United Kingdom version of Gmail was also converted to Google Mail, because "Gmail" is trademarked by another company in the UK.[23] Users who registered before the switch to Google Mail faced no problems whatsoever—they were able to keep their Gmail address, although the logo in the top-left corner of their Gmail page appeared as Google Mail. New users would sign up with googlemail.com address. Again, a proxy would be used for those wishing to sign up with a gmail.com account. If the user had signed up with Google Mail, e-mail sent to their equivalent address ending in gmail.com would still be received (as with the other way around).
That's how I interpreted "IIIR will not, however ask for transfer of the gmail.com domain, only that Google change the name of its email service. "
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According to wiki, nobody's lost their @gmail address.



That's how I interpreted "IIIR will not, however ask for transfer of the gmail.com domain, only that Google change the name of its email service. "
They're more likely to go the extra mile in their home country.

For a UK company to come into the US and steal their thunder, they'd have to react.
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On the surface (i.e. from reading the article that claude linked to), it sounds like IIIR has a case.
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