Tag - Trademark
A lawyer for the Chinese company that won a court case against Apple over the trademark name "iPhone" has now admitted that the trademark it holds was bought from a Russian company in 2011 rather than registered by the firm itself, a fact that might help Apple ultimately prevail in its quest to re-secure the exclusive use the "iPhone" brand name in China. In the court case, Xinton Tiandi Technology asserted its right to use the word "IPHONE" in all caps for its line of leather products.
Apple is "disappointed" in a recent Beijing Higher People's Court ruling that allowed Xintong Tiandi Technology to use an all-caps "IPHONE" trademark on a line of leather goods, and will appeal the cas to the country's highest court. While the court's ruling only concerned the trademark with regards to "imitation leather, leather, wallets, purses, leather thread, leather passport wallets, leather key cases, leather straps and leather trimmings for furniture," the ruling has effectively weakened Apple's trademark on the term "iPhone" for any other use.
Apple may still be considering launching more streaming music stations for Apple Music, accompanying the already-live Beats 1. While earlier rumors suggested more stations could be on the way, it has been discovered trademark applications have been filed for four more stations, with the names for Beats 2, Beats 3, Beats 4, and Beats 5, as well as associated station logos, appearing in the filings.
Apple may release some updated EarPods in the future, potentially wireless versions, if a report about a recently-discovered trademark filing is to be believed. A trademark application for "AirPods" was filed on September 22, and though the company applying for the mark isn't labeled as Apple, it is suggested that some details about the application hint strongly that Apple is in fact behind the application, using another name in an attempt to keep the application quiet.
Responding to recent coverage of Swatch's "one more thing" trademark, the company has refused claims that it has anything to do with Apple, and claims inspiration from classic television show Columbo. In an interview, a company spokesperson denied any such move by the watch manufacturer and said that regarding the phrase "obviously our design team plans to launch a collection inspired by the 'Film Noir'."
Microsoft has suffered a second trademark-related blow from satellite broadcaster Sky, following a second ruling against the software producer in an EU court. The ruling declared that the Skype name is too similar to Sky's own trademark, and therefore could easily confuse consumers signing up for the service, expecting something produced by the broadcaster.
Microsoft may be considering a future change to a subscription-based version of Windows, according to reports. A trademark filing for "Windows 365," mirroring the Office 365 branding, strongly suggests the software giant is looking to possibly charging a regular fee to consumers for the operating system or some specific functionality, rather than using the current one-time payment system used for major version upgrades.
On Wednesday in Sydney, Australia, a court ruled against Apple in an appeal by the iPhone maker to overturn a previous ruling that denied the company a trademark on the term "app store," despite the fact that Apple had clearly invented the term back in 2008. The fundamental problem Apple has had in trying to secure a trademark on the term is two-fold: the word "app" as short for "application" had been coined far earlier by others, and the burgeoning popularity of the phrase almost from the get-go has turned it into a generic description.
In a case somewhat similar to the Mexican lawsuit that successfully argued that an earlier "iFone" trademark superseded Apple's mark, a company called iVoice Enterprises is India is challenging Apple's iPhone trademark. The company was at work on a low-cost mobile phone for India that was dubbed the "India phone" or "iFon," but never came to market as partners backed out and the deal collapsed shortly after Apple announced the iPhone in January 2007.
It turns out that TwitPic won't be forced to shut down after all, according to a tweet sent out on the official TwitPic Twitter account. Apparently, an interested party came to the rescue by acquiring the company, allowing it to fight off its recent conflict with Twitter -- at least for now. TwitPic was previously said to be winding down on September 25 as a result of a trademark dispute with Twitter.