Australian start-up named HealthKit "annoyed" at Apple for using its name
Since Apple failed to secure all of the necessary signatures and permissions to use the name HealthKit, it could indicate that there was a late rush to change the name. For months, there was speculation that Apple would use the moniker HealthBook for the app, which stores and analyzes data about your health. HealthKit was one of three names that recently appeared in a trademark application that was rumored to have come from Apple.
You might remember that back in July 2012, Apple paid Proview $60 million for the rights to the iPad name in China. The whole affair was a mess, with Apple previously purchasing the rights to use the name from Proview's Taiwan branch. But Apple later learned the hard way, that it had not done the proper research, and that the original purchase only dealt with the use of the iPad name in Taiwan. Is history about to repeat itself?
source: @HealthKit, Wired via SlashGear
1. darkskoliro (Posts: 935; Member since: 07 May 2012)
Apple thinks of themselves as God. Too bad im atheist.
3. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5534; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Not exactly. More like Apple doesn't care whether someone already has the name. I suspect the poor sods at HealthKit are going to have to change their name, as Apple is pretty thorough about nailing down trademark rights.
8. techperson211 (Posts: 443; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)
nothing new here with apple, everything they invented or so called innovation was a complete copy and rename it, this one is different though they snatch the name of another company.
11. engineer-1701d (Posts: 415; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
like the name iphone in brazil was taken they tried sueing for it brazil courts said f you so they paid to use it
15. superduper (Posts: 121; Member since: 20 Oct 2013)
"Kit" is the name of all Apple's developer frameworks: WebKit, SpriteKit, HomeKit, etc.
21. Ashoaib (Posts: 1217; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)
Apple is copying from everywhere.... whatsapp, healthkit, android, WP etc... they are the biggest troll in the history
2. AfterShock (Posts: 2138; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
Apple not doing their homework, or
not caring about others intellectual property an rights?
You choose the correct answer as Ninety-Six would say.
25. bigdawg23 (Posts: 346; Member since: 25 May 2011)
Yep time for a new IP lawyer. My company has strict rules and policy to research all names we choose for a new product. They will be sure to secure the Trademark in all countries before announcing the name to customers/employees outside marketing and R&D.. Since we are worldwide it is very important.
4. Duketytz (Posts: 328; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)
A lawsuit against healthkit is coming up from the cupertino company!
5. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 2680; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
Lawsuit pls! Healthbook would be a better moniker.
9. techperson211 (Posts: 443; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)
yeah apple will sue that Australian company, that's for sure,
23. gallitoking (Posts: 4682; Member since: 17 May 2011)
Well well well...I thought most of you were tired of lawsuits?
6. Doakie (Posts: 1107; Member since: 06 May 2009)
Apple didn't own the rights to iPhone and iPad either. They'll just pay for the trademark or at least a contract to use the trademark.
12. Withtechfriends (Posts: 15; Member since: 29 Mar 2014)
Do we realize it's not even a consumer facing name? It's just part of the SDK.
17. MrOCD (unregistered)
18. chocowii (Posts: 327; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)
Yet HealthKit is a product. Its a brand of their health app. It even has an app.
19. MrOCD (unregistered)
But the app is just "Health." No consumers will call it "Healthkit"
20. chocowii (Posts: 327; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)
Right, no consumers will call it healthkit. Then why does Apple flashed those Healthkit app logo on WWDC? Just for display?
26. MrOCD (unregistered)
Please read comment 12 if you haven't already. That name will be nowhere within iOS 8. It's just for developers to integrate their apps into the iOS 8 "Health" app.
16. joey_sfb (Posts: 2565; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
Apple love to bully small companies! Healthkit better put aside 10 millions to fight the bad apple in Australia
22. gallitoking (Posts: 4682; Member since: 17 May 2011)
wow annoyed?.. really .. Apple made them famous, no biggie Apple wil buy them or pay them and everyone will move on with our lives, not worth talking about our repetitive and boring trolls.
24. PBXtech (Posts: 966; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)
I believe this was done after Tim Cook became CEO of Apple, there is another article on the web dated 30 Oct 2011.
As for the Healthkit name, I believe the Australian company has a good fight here, they should protect what they created. Personally though, I wouldn't be surprised if they get paid a large sum of cash from Apple over the issue and Apple continues with the name presented at the conference a few days ago.