updated 02:15 am EDT, Tue October 26, 2010
Filings done in Jamaica, Trinidad, China
Chinese trademark applications filed shortly after the "Back to the Mac" special event last week and just revealed yesterday have disclosed that the company had previously moved to trademark the names "Lion" and "Mission Control" in Jamaica two weeks earlier, Patently Apple reports. It wasn't until the day of the event that a third application, for "LaunchPad" was filed in Trinidad and Tobago.
In their Chinese trademark application, Apple classified "Lion" under a total of six international trademark classes, ranging from educational/entertainment distinctions to being an Application Service Provider (ASP) and covering various telecommunication classes. "Mission Control" and "Launchpad" were not included for protection in International Class 16 (printed materials) or Class 41 (educational and entertainment services).
In the applications, Apple sets the release date for Lion (widely expected to be formally known as Mac OS X 10.7) as "summer 2011." Mission Control is described as "a comprehensive view of what's running on your Mac," while LaunchPad is said to be "an elegant, full-screen display of all the apps on your Mac." [via Patently Apple]