updated 02:35 pm EDT, Thu September 15, 2005
In its latest attempt to gain more control of the iPod brand, Apple this month filed for multiple trademarks on the term "iPodcast." The term describes the "broadcasting" of audio content over the Internet for download to an iPod. This process is more commonly known as "podcasting" by the public. Apple recently exercised its control of the "iPod" trademark when it forced several makers of iPod-related products to change their product naming. iPodStyles was reborn as " accessory line became "Ped." Additionally, some iPod fan sites using the "iPod" trademark were asked to re-brand.
One filing seeks a trademark on the term iPodcast, which covers hardware-related goods, namely "computers, computer peripherals, hand held computers, computer terminals, personal digital assistants, electronic organizers, electronic notepads, apparatus for recording, transmission and reproduction of sounds, images, or other data; magnetic data carriers."
A second filing requests that the iPodcast trademark cover services, including "telecommunications services; communication by computer, computer intercommunication; telex, telegram and telephone services; rental, hire and leasing of communications apparatus and of electronic mailboxes; electronic bulletin board services," etc.
For more details, see AppleInsider's report on the filing, which was the source for this article.