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Australian start-up named HealthKit "annoyed" at Apple for using its name

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An Australian start-up company with the name of HealthKit, sent out a tweet on Tuesday to say that it was annoyed with Apple for using the name HealthKit for its "new health product." The tech titan  introduced the app on Monday at WWDC.  In the same tweet, the company asked Apple CEO Tim Cook if he was aware that HealthKit was a name already being used in Australia. The start-up owns the domain name and the Twitter account using the HealthKit 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?

Australian start-up tweets Apple about the use of its name for an app

Australian start-up tweets Apple about the use of its name for an app


source: @HealthKit, Wired via SlashGear

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posted on 04 Jun 2014, 01:02 14

1. darkskoliro (Posts: 997; Member since: 07 May 2012)


Apple thinks of themselves as God. Too bad im atheist.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 01:21 9

3. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5956; 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.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 01:57 6

8. techperson211 (Posts: 711; 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.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 02:36 2

11. engineer-1701d (Posts: 1246; 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

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 04:02 1

15. superduper (Posts: 151; Member since: 20 Oct 2013)


"Kit" is the name of all Apple's developer frameworks: WebKit, SpriteKit, HomeKit, etc.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 10:02 1

21. Ashoaib (Posts: 2436; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


Apple is copying from everywhere.... whatsapp, healthkit, android, WP etc... they are the biggest troll in the history

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 01:04 4

2. AfterShock (Posts: 2997; 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.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 13:17 1

25. bigdawg23 (Posts: 391; 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.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 01:21 5

4. Duketytz (Posts: 524; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)


A lawsuit against healthkit is coming up from the cupertino company!

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 01:37 1

5. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3620; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Lawsuit pls! Healthbook would be a better moniker.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 01:58 2

9. techperson211 (Posts: 711; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


yeah apple will sue that Australian company, that's for sure,

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 10:44

23. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


Well well well...I thought most of you were tired of lawsuits?

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 01:37 4

6. Doakie (Posts: 1330; 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.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 01:55 1

7. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 1256; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


Watch out apple before you get sued...

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 02:08 8

10. Bootutu (Posts: 189; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


iSteal.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 02:49 2

12. Withtechfriends (Posts: 17; Member since: 29 Mar 2014)


Do we realize it's not even a consumer facing name? It's just part of the SDK.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 07:02

17. MrOCD (unregistered)


Exactly!

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 07:44

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.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 07:57

19. MrOCD (unregistered)


But the app is just "Health." No consumers will call it "Healthkit"

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 09:34 3

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?

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 07:04

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.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 02:53 2

13. saenaedewe (Posts: 62; Member since: 01 May 2013)


More like a LoveBook (from the icon)

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 05:01 3

16. joey_sfb (Posts: 3275; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Apple love to bully small companies! Healthkit better put aside 10 millions to fight the bad apple in Australia

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 10:42

22. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; 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.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 12:27

24. PBXtech (Posts: 984; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/07/apfelkind-cafe-trademark-battle-apple-germany

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.

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