Challenger To Google Gmail Mark Wins Big

Law360, New York (February 1, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- Google Inc. failed on Thursday to secure a pan-European trademark for its free Internet e-mail service “Gmail” after the European Union’s trademark authority rejected an appeal.

The rejection from the E.U.’s Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) affirmed an earlier decision in favor of a German venture capitalist who owns a similar trademark in Germany.

Despite the setback, Google spokesperson Ricardo Reyes said OHIM’s decision would have no effect on the current use of the trademark in Europe, where every country except the U.K....
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