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Well, this is the first I've heard about this:

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.

The Gmail Team is 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.

Apparently, the company Independent International Investment Research had been using the GMail name for its online services 2 years before Google’s GMail launch.

The GMail trademark has also hit troubles in Germany, where they were forced to change to Googlemail a few months ago. It’s a terrible shame, really, as one of the things that I like about GMail is nice short snappy addresses you can get out of it. is mine, for example. just doesn’t sound or look as good.

Obviously Google would rather not this was case, but at least they’re giving it a go to try and sort it out. So, what about us UK users who are currently using an address? Will we be forced to change?

Unfortunately, we don’t know. We would love to say that your address will always remain the same. But the trademark issue is still unsettled, and unfortunately, we cannot predict what the other party or the courts might do here. You can always use your same username with an address to avoid this issue later on. But trust that we will do the best we can to make sure your email address won’t ever have to change.

For now, our plan is only to issue addresses to new users. Trust that we will do the best we can to offer all our users a reliable and consistent email experience.

More information over at BBC News, if you’re interested.

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Get your mark-up right, Jono, there's a bag of chips in it for you.

I am concerned by this. I don't want my e-mail address to be Plus, unless there's an automatic redirect from to if it changes, it's going to be a LOT of work for me to let everyone know of the change.

By IanIanSymes
October 19, 2005 @ 12:24 pm

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You shouldn't be so quick finding my posts! Should be all fixed, now.

Apparently in Germany they have auto redirect setup and it works fine, so there's not *too* much to worry about, just yet. For the time being, anyway, us old users should be safe with

By Cappsy
October 19, 2005 @ 12:28 pm

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I'm not bothered what the address looks like, god knows my new ones rather odd, thanks force 9, and Cappsy.

Bit like Ian said letting people know about the change if there is no re-direct is gonna be a lot of work and probably confusing for people.

You'd think a company like google would have looked into the coyrights of the name before even starting the service.

By Spid
October 19, 2005 @ 1:15 pm

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"I'm not bothered what the address looks like, god knows my new ones rather odd, thanks force 9, and Cappsy."

Ooh, you went with Force9 in the end? Are you happy with them?

Anyway, as for Google, should they ever force UK customers to change the address, it looks like the old ones will re-direct, anyway. Although, like Spid, I find it odd that Google have managed to step on existing copyrights in two separate countries. A bit clumsy, really.

By Cappsy
October 19, 2005 @ 3:02 pm

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"Ooh, you went with Force9 in the end? Are you happy with them?"

I dunno yet, I'm waiting on everything being sent. You have a recomendation thingy, though.

By Spid
October 19, 2005 @ 5:54 pm

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Hurrah! That's saved me 50p a month!

By Cappsy
October 19, 2005 @ 6:44 pm

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That's nearly a whole extra pasty each month!

By IanIanSymes
October 19, 2005 @ 7:17 pm

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By Cappsy
October 19, 2005 @ 8:14 pm

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Ian! You beat me to it, git.


Thats a half a bag of chips extra a month!

By Spid
October 19, 2005 @ 8:35 pm

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Only half a bag of chips? Blimey.

Move further up North, and 50p'll get you 62.5% of a portion...

By Seb Patrick
October 19, 2005 @ 11:31 pm

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"Only half a bag of chips?"

Yep, but there lovely chips. Cooked in beef dripping no less. They are teh sex of chips.

By Spid
October 19, 2005 @ 11:54 pm

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