Trademark

Apple walks fine iPad trademark line warn experts

Apple walks fine iPad trademark line warn experts

Apple must balance a fine line between generic use of the iPad name for tablets and continued dominance of the slate segment, experts have warned, as the company faces the possibility of the trademark being deemed generic. The name of the best-selling tablet is already associated by many consumers as a catch-all term for tablets in general, the AP writes, despite the best efforts of Android slate manufacturers and others. However, while Apple's value hasn't been hurt by the sales success of the three generations of iPad, it could also potentially lose control of the name itself should courts decide it has too deeply entered the public lexicon.

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Facebook slips “Book” trademark grab into password-protecting policy tweak

Facebook slips “Book” trademark grab into password-protecting policy tweak

Facebook's recent privacy policy changes may have made it tougher for employers to demand users' passwords and could indeed spark a federal investigation, but the site also took the opportunity to slip in a spurious trademark claim. Among the tweaks was the addition of "Book" to the copyrights and trademarks section, ZDNet spotted, suggesting that by using Facebook you concede that they hold the rights to the term.

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Mojang granted use of “Scrolls” name by Bethesda

Mojang granted use of “Scrolls” name by Bethesda

Mojang, the company behind wildly popular game Minecraft, were being sued by Bethesda Softworks over the title of Mojang’s next game, titled “Scrolls”. Bethesda argued that the title was too similar to “The Elder Scrolls”, and a legal tumble followed. Soon after, Notch, the head of Mojang, declared that Bethesda and Mojang should settle their differences with a Quake 3 tournament, the winner taking the “Scrolls” name.

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Apple: Proview is misleading over iPad

Apple: Proview is misleading over iPad

Apple has renewed its offensive against iPad trademark foe Proview, claiming the company "is misleading Chinese courts and customers" and accusing it of trying to shake down Apple so that it can pay off its neglected debts. The Cupertino company pointed to its own track record of IP registration as evidence that it respects trademarks, the Washington Post reports, though Proview's lawyers maintain that Apple is looking to "mislead the courts, the public and media."

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Judges deny CrackBerry trademark attempt

Judges deny CrackBerry trademark attempt

BlackBerry smartphone maker RIM is having an undeniably hard time on the market today. The company has seen the popularity of its smartphones with the average consumer and governmental agencies that for so long relied on the BlackBerry wane significantly. Many companies, government organizations, and consumers are replacing their BlackBerry devices with the iPhone or Android smartphones. However, RIM did get a bit of good news recently.

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Apple: Proview iPad trademark “harms consumer interests”

Apple: Proview iPad trademark “harms consumer interests”

Apple has warned Chinese courts that ruling against it in the ongoing Proview iPad trademark case would "harm consumer interests" and "cause confusion", despite the fact that its Hong Kong foe has supposedly been using the name since 2001. "Consumers in China have come to associate this trademark with Apple's tablet computer" a lawyer from Apple's legal team told the Higher People’s Court of Guangdong this week, Bloomberg reports, arguing that Proview should no longer be allowed to use the brand in the country.

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Apple “intentionally mislead” over iPad trademark claims Proview

Apple “intentionally mislead” over iPad trademark claims Proview

Apple faces renewed criticism over the Proview iPad trademark case, amid accusations that the shell company Apple set up deliberately mislead over its intended use of the trademark in order to secure the sale. Proview, which is currently suing Apple in the US, claims Apple's "special purpose company" IPADL (IP Application Development Ltd) assured the Taiwanese firm that it sought the trademark as "it is an abbreviation for the company name" the BBC reports.

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Apple sued in US over iPad trademark

Apple sued in US over iPad trademark

Apple's iPad trademark headaches continue, with Chines foe Proview suing the Cupertino company in the US, along with accusing it of using a fake company to con Proview into believing it would not present competition in the market. Proview filed its suit at the Santa Clara Superior Court on February 17, Proview spokeswoman Alice Wang confirmed to the AP, citing Apple's use of the iPad trademark in the Chinese market. The company claims it believed it was negotiating with an IP developer, which would not offer hardware competition for sales in China.

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Samsung files trademark on Galaxy Axiom, Awaken, Heir, Rite names

Samsung files trademark on Galaxy Axiom, Awaken, Heir, Rite names

Mobile World Congress 2012 kicks off next week and at the show, we will undoubtedly see hordes of the smartphones and other devices launch. If you're a big fan of smartphones of any brand or type, this is the show where you'll see many of the new high-end devices set to land this year. SlashGear and Android Community will be at the show so stay tuned for more coverage. Samsung filed several trademark applications on February 16 for device names expected to be smartphones.

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Apple escapes iPad sales ban but Proview war isn’t over

Apple escapes iPad sales ban but Proview war isn’t over

Apple has successfully squashed attempts to secure a preliminary sales injunction against the iPad 2 in Shanghai, keeping the iOS tablet on Chinese shelves and casting further doubt over the future success of  Proview's trademark case. The Shanghai court suspended the case and rejected Proview's demands for an early sales ban on the iPad, the WSJ reports, until it could hear the trademark ruling being argued in the Guangdong provincial high court.

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