Google (NSDQ: GOOG) has worn down most of its legal opponents over the years, but one of them isn’t going away so easily.
Apple (s aapl) originally applied for a trademark registration certificate for the now-ubiquitous marketing phrase “There’s an app for that” in December of 2009. In that filing, the company claimed the phrase’s first use was on Jan. 26 2009. That certificate has finally been awarded.
So, after years of speculation, debate and rumor-upon-rumor, the mythical tablet device from Apple (s aapl) is, it seems, here. In a matter of weeks we expect Steve Jobs to take to the stage at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco and deliver the announcement we’ve all been waiting for.
And when he does, will he call the legendary tablet an “iSlate”? He will, if the current crop of fresh rumors prove correct. Read More about Tablet to be Called iSlate?
Gotta love that Steve Jobs. He never was one to hold back, and even now, when he’s the CEO of the Universe (or something like that), he won’t be found spouting corporate speak.
CrunchGear tells the story of a small software development company called The Little App Factory. It made an app for the Mac called iPodRip, one of those tools for transferring music from an iPod to a computer. A law firm representing Apple sent The Little App Factory a letter, informing the company it had violated some of Apple’s trademarks, and instructed it to stop using the “iPod” bit in the app’s name.
iPodRip has been around for nearly seven years and CrunchGear’s Daniel Brusilovsky says it has been downloaded more than five million times. You’d think Apple’s legal sniffer hounds, Baker & McKenzie, might have acted a tad sooner… Read More about Jobs’ Personal, Terse Reply to Developer
Earlier this week, while Apple (s aapl) was distracted with its objections over supermarket chain Woolworths new logo, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office was busy awarding the name “Mighty Mouse” to peripheral manufacturer Man & Machine.
According to TechCrunch, Man & Machine was finally granted the trademark on Tuesday, after five years of using the name on a line of optical mice that are waterproof, hygienic and “…specially designed for use in medical, industrial and marine applications.”
TechCrunch reports that while Man & Machine released a statement about the win, they didn’t mention Apple by name, though did say, “Others have used the name Mighty Mouse for their computer mice and have sought registration of that trademark, but now the United States government has spoken.” (By the way, I’ve been all over the Man & Machine web site and cannot find that statement.) Read More about Man & Machine Wins Mighty Mouse Moniker
In the course of my daily wanderings, I came across this post by Turkish web developer Cagan Senturk. Cagan was working on his first foray into iPhone development when he ran into some difficulty. He describes the process at length, but it’s the third rejection of his app (an iPhone companion to Profesyo.net, a Turkish networking site) that is most interesting. Apple called foul on his use of an apparently trademarked image. Below is the screenshot of the offender.
Now, Cagan has clarified that the red circle was indeed placed by Apple, so it would seem that Apple is claiming to own a trademark on the wireframe globe. Commenters on Cagan’s own blog, speculating that he’d placed the circle himself, suggested that maybe the “Connect” logo was the actual culprit, since it so closely resembles the logo Apple uses for their new iTunes Genius service.
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After targeting New York City’s GreenNYC campaign earlier this year, Apple is now threatening The Victoria School of Business and Technology for infringing on the Apple logo.
The school, located in British Columbia, Canada, contends the claim of infringement:
We strongly disagree and say so in our reply letter. Whether you agree with Apple, or say no you don’t agree we invite you to vote, and/or post your comments. We don’t have their deep pockets for a legal fight so we thought we would let the public bear witness and see if Apple might learn to play nice … not that we are naive, but hey, they may surprise us 🙂
Posted along with the comment is an informal poll asking visitors whether they believe the school’s logo can, in fact, be confused with Apple’s corporate trademark. At the time of this writing, the vast majority of respondents (72% of nearly 5,000 responses) agree with the school’s opinion that the logos cannot be easily confused.
In this case, the claims are not totally out of left field (like they seemed to be with GreenNYC) since the VSBT is a tech school. Are they taking advantage of the Apple association to attract more students and therefore more tuition dollars? Or has Apple tightened, rather than loosened, their legal reigns?