Google finally settled a five-year trademark dispute in the U.K. with Independent International Investment Research over the use of the Gmail name. The deal means Google Mail in the U.K. can now be called Gmail, just as it is elsewhere in the world.
Google plans to transition its U.K. Gmail users to actual gmail.com addresses instead of the googlemail.com addresses many are currently using.
“If you already have a Google email account in the UK, you’ll soon have the option to switch your existing @googlemail.com address to the matching @gmail.com one, but you’re also free to stick with @googlemail.com,” said Gmail software engineer, Greg Bullock, on Google’s Gmail blog. “And starting later this week, anybody who signs up for a new account in the UK will get an @gmail.com address.”
When Google launched its online email service in the U.K., it used the Gmail name, just as it does in other countries. When the Internet search giant couldn’t reach agreeable terms with Independent International Investment Research over the use of the name, however, the name and domain was changed to googlemail.com.
The terms of the deal the two companies struck hasn’t been revealed.
Google will begin the transition to Gmail in the U.K. over the next week.