http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/06/24/no_access_to_gmail_in_germany/ "German businessman Giersch started using the name G-mail in 2000 to label his own physical mail service "G-mail...und die Post geht richtig ab". Google didn't launch its mail service until 2004. Google believed it could win back the name, but in 2006 a district court in Hamburg handed Giersch victories at both the preliminary and final stages of the litigation and Google was ordered to remove all Gmail references from its German service. Eventually German courts banned Google from all further attempts to wrest the rights to the Gmail trademark away from Giersch and Google also failed to win the right to register the term "Gmail" as a wide-ranging European trademark. Google says that the service itself remains unaffected" It pisses me off that Google could even have got past the first day in court on this. And to the German courts.