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 court ruled against Google in June in 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."

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