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Googlemail becomes Gmail again in the UK

Alex Christie

7 May 2010
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Finally after a 5 year trademark dispute between Google and a company called Independent International Investment Research has come to end. The IIIR claimed it used the term “Gmail” first, and this resulted in claims from Google that a settlement between them and IIIR was “exorbitant” and they decided dropped the name.

Users who created a Gmail(which is short for Google Mail) account before the settlement was dropped, could still keep the gmail.com suffix, but all new email addresses created, would take the googlemail.com suffix going forward.

UK users with googlemail.com addresses will be asked whether they would like to change their email addresses to gmail.com, or keep the googlemail suffix. Google also stated it will not affect the settings or functionality of their accounts, which might temp users to make the switch.

As Greg Bullock wrote on the Gmail Blog:

“Since ‘gmail’ is 50% fewer characters than ‘googlemail’ we estimate this name change will save approximately 60 million keystrokes a day.”

The IIIR and Google are not releasing the details of the new settlement but states that the matter is “happily resolved“.

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