Apple no longer claiming trademark on "Multi-Touch"
posted by Michael H. / Jan 29, 2013, 11:58 AM
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.
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posted on Jan 29, 2013, 12:01 PM 1
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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 Jan 29, 2013, 12:09 PM 7
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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 Jan 29, 2013, 3:41 PM 8
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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 Jan 29, 2013, 1:02 PM 6
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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 Jan 29, 2013, 1:31 PM 3
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 Jan 29, 2013, 12:03 PM 6
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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 Jan 29, 2013, 12:37 PM 0
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answers to the slow pokes. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M
acquisitions:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L ist_of_mergers_and_acquisitionhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L s_by_Apple ist_of_mergers_and_acquisition
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). s_by_Google
posted on Jan 29, 2013, 12:39 PM 0
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 Jan 29, 2013, 8:31 PM 0
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"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 Jan 29, 2013, 12:24 PM 2
Steve: "And boy have we patented it!" Guess not. :)
posted on Jan 29, 2013, 12:51 PM 10
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