A European body has again told Google that it cannot have trademark protection to use the Gmail mark throughout the European Union.
The European Union’s trademark regulation agency denied Google’s appeal in late February. The ruling concluded that the mark is too similar to the G-mail trademark owned by German businessman Daniel Giersch. Giersch runs an electronic postal delivery business that goes by the name G-mail, which is short for “Giersch mail.”
Google changed the name of its free Web-based e-mail service to “GoogleMail” in Germany after losing to Giersch in court there and in Switzerland. Google also uses the “GoogleMail” name in the U.K. as a result of a separate lawsuit.