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Google finally secures gmail.de domain

German trademark dispute ends after eight years

After an eight year fight, Google has secured the domain gmail.de.

German entrepreneur Daniel Giersch has used the domain for years. In 2006 the search giant offered Giersch € 250,000 for the domain, but he did not accept.

The matter went to court and a decision by Deutsches Patent und Markenamnt decided the domain belonged in Google's hands and ordered a transfer from G-mail GmbH of Berlin to Google Inc of Mountain View.

Google isn't operating the domain yet and has not announced its intentions. Nor have any details of a possible settlement been made public.

But Giersch has moved. His service now operates at and under the name of Quabb at quabb.com. ®

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