Trademark

Apple “Stylized Speech Bubbles” trademark tips new social networking service [Updated]

Apple “Stylized Speech Bubbles” trademark tips new social networking service [Updated]

With only hours to go until the launch of the iPad 2 and what's expected to be a demo of iOS 5.0, an Apple trademark submission has been spotted for what looks like a social messaging or online chat service. Filed on February 23, the "stylized speech bubbles" are in fact referenced in four separate submissions - 85249977, 85249986, 85250000 and 85250006 - with various classifications including "online social networking services."

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Apple slaps Microsoft over App Store trademark suit: “Windows” is just as generic

Apple slaps Microsoft over App Store trademark suit: “Windows” is just as generic

Apple has struck back at Microsoft's attempts to have the term "App Store" deemed generic, suggesting that its arch-rival's own battle to preserve the "Windows" trademark is the perfect example of why it should be allowed to retain the term. "Having itself faced a decades-long genericness challenge to its claimed WINDOWS mark," Apple said in a filing submitted earlier this week, "Microsoft should be well aware that the focus in evaluating genericness is on the mark as a whole and requires a fact-intensive assessment of the primary significance of the term to a substantial majority of the relevant public."

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HTC Sensation: Sense-style Tablet UI or new branding push?

HTC Sensation: Sense-style Tablet UI or new branding push?

A new HTC trademark has prompted speculation about the company's software intentions for upcoming tablets, though the company could also be looking to better brand its overall ecosystem of devices. The EU trademark filing for "HTC Sensation" could be interpreted as an evolution of the existing HTC Sense interface and online services, perhaps tailored to tablets like the HTC Flyer.

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HP Touchpad Trademark Filed, Possible Tablet Name?

HP Touchpad Trademark Filed, Possible Tablet Name?

With all this talk about HP and Palm's upcoming tablets, perhaps it's just a coincidence that the company has officially filed for a new trademark that, for all intents and purposes, screams out "tablet." At the moment, it's impossible to say whether or not HP plans on using their recently filed for Touchpad name for anything at all, let alone a tablet. But, tablets are mentioned in the filing, if that's any sizable indicator.

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Microsoft seek App Store trademark block over generic term claims

Microsoft seek App Store trademark block over generic term claims

Microsoft is hoping to block Apple's trademarking of the term "App Store", arguing that the name has become generic and that its rival is attempting to "usurp" the phrase from general use. Apple had filed for the App Store trademark back in July 2008, the same year it launched the on-device software download service for the iPhone; the status page for the filing currently states that "an opposition is now pending at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board."

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HTC Scribe tablet trademark tips slate intentions

HTC Scribe tablet trademark tips slate intentions

HTC's tablet intentions have been well raked over in the past few months, and now a potential name for the upcoming slate has been unearthed courtesy of a new trademark filing. The "HTC Scribe" is described as a "handheld wireless device, namely, a tablet computer" in HTC's submission, while the name itself would seem to suggest some form of stylus.

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Motorola seeks trademark on Xoom name

Motorola seeks trademark on Xoom name

Motorola is one of the companies that had made a big comeback and reached sales that it hadn’t seen in years on the back of the Android operating system. The company makes some really popular Android smartphones. Motorola is at work on a new Android tablet that has been talked about a bit already and so far, we have few hard details on this tablet.

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Nintendo Files for “It’s On Like Donkey Kong” Trademark

Nintendo Files for “It’s On Like Donkey Kong” Trademark

It wasn't too long ago that we told you about the return of everyone's favorite ape, Donkey Kong, in the upcoming title Donkey Kong Country Returns. As you can probably imagine, Nintendo is pretty excited about the game, and in their excitement, they've moved forward with a trademark application to grab one of the world's most catchy phrases.

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Taiwanese Company Proview Sues Apple Over iPad Name Citing Trademark Infringement

Taiwanese Company Proview Sues Apple Over iPad Name Citing Trademark Infringement

The Taiwanese owned company Proview seeks to collect damages in China and in the US (and I'd assume eventually Taiwan) for infringing on their right to the iPad name. Proview is a contract manufacturer of flat screens, one that made an attempt almost 10 years ago to market a tablet computer by the name "I-Pad." But that's not the whole story. Lawsuits being tossed around like candy at a parade! That's what's up!

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Z-System games platform for Sony Ericsson PlayStation Phone tipped

Z-System games platform for Sony Ericsson PlayStation Phone tipped

It's been leaked, denied, and now the supposed Sony Ericsson PlayStation Phone has found a whole lot more detail, including rumors regarding its gaming platform.  According to Engadget's "circumstantial evidence" culled from various tipsters, Sony Ericsson has registered the Z-System.com domain; that Z-System name shows up in the title bar of one of the leaked shots, and has also been trademarked as video game software for mobile phones.

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iPad dual-dock connector design trademark spotted

iPad dual-dock connector design trademark spotted

Apple may or may not have decided to pursue dual dock connectors on a future iPad, but they're not leaving the design unprotected either way.  A newly granted European design trademark shows an iPad with docking ports on both the bottom and the left-hand edge, which would allow the slate to be used with accessories in both portrait and landscape orientation.

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“There’s an App for that” gets official Trademark

“There’s an App for that” gets official Trademark

Apple can now claim that they own the phrase, "There's an App for that." After filing for the trademark in December 2009, Apple has finally (and legally) been given the rights to their commonly used phrase to promote the App store and iOS devices.

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