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Apple files for US, European HealthKit trademarks

updated 04:07 pm EDT, Tue August 5, 2014

Priority likely already secured through Trinidad

Apple has filed to trademark the term "HealthKit" in the US and the European Union, documents show. The US application covers "computer software used in developing other software applications," and "application development software." In the EU however, Apple's trademark may achieve a wider scope, covering not just computers and peripherals but health, fitness, and medical sensors and services, along with timekeeping devices.

HealthKit is an iOS 8 API that will create a standard platform for health and fitness accessories, giving end-users and some medical institutions easier access to the resulting tracking data. The EU trademark application may back the idea that the main purpose of HealthKit is actually supporting the iWatch, which is expected to have a variety of sensors when it ships sometime this fall.

Apple first applied for the HealthKit trademark in Trinidad and Tobago over two months ago. Filing there is a common tactic for companies that want to later claim priority in their core markets.

by MacNN Staff



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