For years now, German users of Gmail were given addresses thanks to a trademark dispute by one Daniel Giersch, who registered a trademark for “G-Mail” way back in 2000. Since this trademark occurred four years before Google launched their mail service, they were legally prohibited from using that address system. Although we don’t have any details, the dispute seems to have ended, as Google announced it’s finally bringing the “gmail” address to Germany. Everyone who has a address will be given the matching address, though the previous will still work.

The same thing happened in the UK, where a company called Independent International got to Gmail before Google could, but that dispute was also resolved a few years ago. Germany was supposedly the last country to not have the Gmail branding, so congrats to Google on their world domination.

via The Verge

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