If the Independent International Investment Research Group has its way, Google could lose the Gmail name. The group already won the rights to the Gmail trademark in the United Kingdom and is now bringing its fight to the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO.)

IIIR wants the USPTO to nullify Google’s ownership of the Gmail trademark; according to reports it would allow Google to continue to use the Gmail.com domain name but would still require that Google call it something else other than Gmail.

At least it sounds like a deal can be made, that is, if Google feels like paying IIIR to go away. I’d hate to even think about changing my Gmail address. While I mostly give out email addresses that use my domain names, I would still have to notify everyone in my Gmail contact list and I don’t think I could reach everyone that potentially has it. What a mess!

Google: The British Are Coming For GMail!

[tags]gmail, trademark, trademarks, USPTO, google, IIIR[/tags]