Apple no longer claiming trademark on "Multi-Touch"

Apple no longer claiming trademark on
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



1. CivicSi89

Posts: 349; Member since: Jul 23, 2011


4. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

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

24. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

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

26. cheetah2k

Posts: 2316; Member since: Jan 16, 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?

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.

32. sithvenger

Posts: 371; Member since: Aug 25, 2012

Yep and love them too

15. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

18. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 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 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!

2. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009


3. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

5. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

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

11. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

ok forgot bout the tax

9. Ninetysix

Posts: 2966; Member since: Oct 08, 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?

10. Ninetysix

Posts: 2966; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

answers to the slow pokes. acquisitions: 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).

14. JC557

Posts: 1925; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

16. Aeires unregistered

Wikipedia: open source website that an be modified by the general public. Great source you have there.

20. Ninetysix

Posts: 2966; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

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

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.

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.

34. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

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

42. AstronautJones

Posts: 305; Member since: Aug 01, 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.

40. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

6. timtimity

Posts: 196; Member since: Aug 13, 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.

37. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

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

7. centurion

Posts: 25; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

god l love this news

12. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

me too

8. deadstroke

Posts: 113; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

great let go forward then!!!

13. ilia1986 unregistered

Steve: "And boy have we patented it!" Guess not. :)

17. Aeires unregistered

Comment of the day!

19. timtimity

Posts: 196; Member since: Aug 13, 2012

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

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