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

Australian start-up named HealthKit
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?


source: @HealthKit, Wired via SlashGear

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26 Comments

1. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

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

3. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 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 unregistered

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: 151; Member since: Oct 20, 2013

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

21. Ashoaib

Posts: 3276; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

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

2. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 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: 467; Member since: May 25, 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: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

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

5. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Lawsuit pls! Healthbook would be a better moniker.

9. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

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

23. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

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

6. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 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.

7. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2262; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

Watch out apple before you get sued...

10. Bootutu

Posts: 228; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

iSteal.

12. Withtechfriends

Posts: 20; Member since: Mar 29, 2014

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

17. MrOCD unregistered

Exactly!

18. chocowii

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 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: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 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.

13. saenaedewe

Posts: 72; Member since: May 01, 2013

More like a LoveBook (from the icon)

16. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

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

22. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 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: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 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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