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Apple no longer claiming trademark on "Multi-Touch"

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For quite a long time, Apple has been trying to gain a trademark for the term "Multi-Touch", but it seems like Apple has finally accepted defeat in that battle. The evidence comes from the announcement of the new 128GB iPad 4 that we saw earlier today. In the official press release on Apple's website, AutoDesk's Amy Bunszel is quoted as referring to the device's "Multitouch display". 

This is notably different, because it isn't written "Multi-Touch" as Apple has been doing on all other documentation, but more importantly because it doesn't have the trademark symbol next to it. Apple has been using the trademark symbol next to "Multi-Touch" since the first iPhone was announced, even though it was never granted the trademark. 

Apple applied for the trademark when the first iPhone was announced, and just over a year ago in December 2011, the U.S. Trademark Office officially ended Apple's efforts, saying "We are not sympathetic to applicant's arguments. It is not apparent... to what extent 'Multi-Touch' has made an impression on purchasers." The Trademark Office went on to site a number of competing products that also used the term "multitouch", like the Palm Pre, the Nexus One, and various Windows PCs. 

Apple had been continuing to use the ™ symbol, which indicates an unregistered trademark that really doesn't mean anything (the only important symbol is the official ® mark.) Now, it looks like Apple has finally given up the unofficial trademark claim, and even the odd way of writing the word.

source: Apple via The Verge

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posted on 29 Jan 2013, 12:01 1

1. CivicSi89 (Posts: 348; Member since: 23 Jul 2011)


hmmmm......

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 12:09 7

4. abdane (Posts: 474; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


hope Google would replace the blue highlight thing that replaced the " Scroll-Back-and-Bounce " patent from apple, make it more cool Google !

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 15:11 1

24. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


YES!!
I hate it! Chrome doesn't even have that blue thing and it is the most annoying thing ever.

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 15:41 8

26. cheetah2k (Posts: 771; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


So does this mean all the companies whos devices Apple stopped from being released over MT, can now claim compensation for losses and associated damages?

All you people buying Apple products realise you're buying them from a bunch of lying, misleading, conniving retards don't you?

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 16:31

29. Hemlocke (unregistered)


This is just the trademark on the term "Multi-Touch." Samsung's poor effort aside, Apple indisputably owns the first, and most important, patent on multitouch mobile screens.

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 17:13

32. sithvenger (banned) (Posts: 371; Member since: 25 Aug 2012)


Yep and love them too

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 13:02 6

15. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5565; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


One down, more to go. Somehow, I don't think Apple will do as well at the USPTO as they did in years past.

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 13:31 3

18. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1064; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


Finally! Gotta say its very...conniving of Apple to add a hyphen in a word and call it theirs!

No doubt they have samrt people at Apple....but this just being oversmart and making a monkey of yourself. if they would have got the rights to this word then they would have sued companies using this word saying that other companies may not have the hyphen but multitouch word without the hyphen also seems too similar to ours!

They got what's coming to them...an egg on the face and quite frankly where is the innovation gone out of Apple? what happened to the company that was in 2007?
do they pay people at Apple nowadaysto put punctuations in words of the english dictionary and apply for trademaeks and patents on those words?

Its a fast changing tech world and Apple needs to step or they could be in a similar situattion like in 1997! nobody's untouchable....not Kodak, not Nokia....nobody and there is proof of this in the last 5 years!

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 12:01 2

2. ajac09 (Posts: 1358; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


Woot!

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 12:03 6

3. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6181; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


GOOD NOW EVERYONE can now use multi touch. My Atrix uses MULTI-TOUCH. Apple stop being a greedy company and u can't possible OWN EVERY THING u think youinvent or whlie there are other technologies that's been way out before your Ipad/Iphone. Stop buying up eveything piece of technology. and no one won't buy a 700$ Ipad it's Irrelevant

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 12:21 4

5. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


Correction, $800 iPad, $799 after tax, almost $900 dollars...

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 12:42 2

11. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6181; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


ok forgot bout the tax

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 12:37

9. Ninetysix (Posts: 1419; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


So much ignorant in this post. Go ahead and go to the multitouch wiki and tell me which smartphone company you see in there. Do you see any Android manufacturer in the evolution of multitouch?

Now google how many companies Apple bought in the last few years and now do the same for Google. Which one bought the most companies?

As for the pricing, do you know how much Samsung is charging for the note 8.0?

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 12:39

10. Ninetysix (Posts: 1419; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


answers to the slow pokes.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multi-touch

acquisitions:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_mergers_and_acquisitions_by_Apple
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_mergers_and_acquisitions_by_Google

Note 8.0 pricing:
The sources inform us that Austrian stores are going to ask €450 – €480 ($600 - $645) for the 16GB version of the Note 8.0, while the 32GB will have a price tag of about €490 – €550 ($655 - $740).

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 12:55 3

14. JC557 (Posts: 896; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


Our friends from xerox.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=laApNiNpnvI

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 13:27 3

16. Aeires (unregistered)


Wikipedia: open source website that an be modified by the general public.

Great source you have there.

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 13:45

20. Ninetysix (Posts: 1419; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Please go ahead and prove me wrong. I'll wait.

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 15:08 4

22. Aeires (unregistered)


Prove what wrong, that you cited an open source web site? Wiki is so bad that a lot of universities don't allow it as a reference site for written papers.

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 16:35

30. Hemlocke (unregistered)


That is true, but it doesn't change the fact that he is correct. Apple owns the first multitouch mobile screen technology patent. They bought Fingerworks years before the iPhone was released.

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 18:04 1

34. joey_sfb (Posts: 2678; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Apple fans!! Looking out for the benefit of their masters' pockets. Tim Cook would be please. LOL!!!

Apple sucks balls!!

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 22:41

42. AstronautJones (Posts: 247; Member since: 01 Aug 2012)


Think you are kind of proving him wrong. He is trying to infer Apple "invented" everything multitouch and Google is the one that purchases companies instead of innovating.

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 20:31

40. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6181; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Damn man calm down. It like apple wants to be a communists to own every word piece of technology out their for something they think they created and their not being fair or want to be competitive with other companies. Now thats being selfish & greedy

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 12:24 2

6. timtimity (Posts: 196; Member since: 13 Aug 2012)


"Apple has been using the trademark symbol next to "Multi-Touch" since the first iPhone was announced, even though it was never granted the trademark."

Apple were probably hoping that most people don't realise "TM" has no legal significance. "TM" does not indicate that your trade mark is actually registered, only that it is being used as a trade mark. It's only "R" that cannot be used until the trademark is registered.

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 18:57 1

37. bayusuputra (Posts: 941; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


No dude, it''s just apple being apple.. claiming what's not theirs as theirs..

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 12:28 12

7. centurion (Posts: 25; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


god l love this news

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 12:43 2

12. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6181; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


me too

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 12:35 2

8. deadstroke (Posts: 113; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)


great let go forward then!!!

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 12:51 10

13. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Steve: "And boy have we patented it!"

Guess not. :)

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 13:28 5

17. Aeires (unregistered)


Comment of the day!

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 13:38 4

19. timtimity (Posts: 196; Member since: 13 Aug 2012)


Just to back up your comment (check out the last point on the slide):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JZBLjxPBUU

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 14:26

21. ilia1986 (unregistered)


I know - that's where it's from :)

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 17:14

33. sithvenger (banned) (Posts: 371; Member since: 25 Aug 2012)


U know you're a huge apple fan dude. Get real.

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 21:14 1

41. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Of course. I take immense pleasure in bashing apple at each and every opportunity. But of course - according to sithvenger here - im a huge apple fan.

To Tim Cook: when apple is goes down, and becomes a niche toothbrush company, and is worth less than a few cigarette packs - then you have my permission to retire.

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 15:08

23. networkdood (Posts: 6260; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


good, because it should claim credit for something that it did not invent.

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 15:26

25. networkdood (Posts: 6260; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


128GB ipad4? Wow, sounds good, but give me a microsd card slot instead....

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 15:46 1

27. tedkord (Posts: 4415; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


But... Apple invented multi touch. Steve Jobs said so.

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 16:10 1

28. drnggaj33 (Posts: 127; Member since: 29 Feb 2012)


no they stole and they said apple invented it

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 16:38

31. Hemlocke (unregistered)


No, they do own multitouch, and everyone is paying them licensing fees. Fingerworks developed the multitouch capacitive technology, and Apple bought them almost a decade ago, even before Android was a Blackberry clone.

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 18:12 3

35. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


in the imortal words of someone much more mature..

NAH NAH NAH NAAA BOOO BOOO APPLE. Quit trying to patent troll the industry into submission.

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 18:28

36. -SEUL8TR- (Posts: 113; Member since: 13 Jan 2013)


Hoping all there patents gets invalidated soon....!

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 18:57 2

38. tedkord (Posts: 4415; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Not all. Just the ones that should never have been granted. Like slide to unlock.

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 20:10

39. MC1123 (Posts: 1235; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


sorry apple.. its too generic to be a TM!

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 22:49

43. rusticguy (Posts: 2825; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


So this time it didn't work out. Better luck next time aPPLE

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 00:21

44. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


is cool... after soo many years not having multi-touch trademarc will not change anything,,,,

sent from my Updated iPhone4S

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 03:35

45. metoyou (Posts: 277; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


What??? this is untrue, impossible, unreal, inhuman, what ius gonna do now?!! ?!

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