Google fined in German Gmail trademark case
Search giant to pay $14,000 fine for using "m.gmail.com" in Germany.
Google has been ordered to pay 10,000 euros (about $14,000) for using the "m.gmail.com" domain for mobile search in Germany in violation of a court order in a trademark case.
"We will pay the money to the German State as required by the Court of Appeal in Hamburg," a Google statement said. "We now use 'Googlemail' across Germany and believe our users are very happy both with the name and the service."
The German appellate courtin a lawsuit filed against the U.S. search giant by German venture capitalist Daniel Giersch. Giersch runs an electronic postal delivery business that goes by the name G-mail, which is short for "Giersch mail."