Indian court stops Apple from using 'Split View' name

Indian court stops Apple from using 'Split View' name
The High Court in Delhi, India is telling Apple that it can no longer use the name 'Split View' on any Apple products in the country. Apple uses the name to denote a feature offered on the iOS 9 powered Apple iPad Air 2, and the Apple iPad Pro tablets. Split View allows a user to run two applications on the screen, side-by-side, at the same time. The feature is also found on OS X El Capitan for the Mac.

The company that filed the complaint in court is a small Indian firm named Vyooh, which developed a software program called 'SplitView' back in 2006. The program allows users to multi-task using a single display in a manner similar to Apple's feature.

Apple, which uses a space between the words "split" and "view" unlike Vyooh, has until May 9 to appeal the decision. That is a very likely move. And if Apple doesn't succeed in court, it can always change the name of the feature in India, or pull out the Apple checkbook. In July 2012, Apple paid a Chinese company called Proview $60 million for the rights to the iPad name in China. Apple had thought that it had paid the company for the rights to the name for all of China, but accidentally signed a deal covering Taiwan only.

When Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone on January 9th, 2007, the 'iPhone' name was already owned by Cisco. Apple's legal team at the time felt that since Cisco did not actively "defend" its intellectual property by promoting the name, Apple should have the rights to use it. Cisco filed suit on January 10th. Eventually Cisco gave in and allowed Apple to use the iPhone name in exchange for an agreement to cooperate with Cisco on "areas of mutual interest." As it turned out, Cisco also held the rights on the use of the name 'iOS'. For that trademark, Apple paid Cisco for the rights to use those three letters.


source: EconomicTimes via AppleInsider

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29 Comments

1. AlikMalix unregistered

How come no one said anything to android manufacturers for using "splitview" in India? Man Apple paid everyone to use the names in Apple products

2. DRS1977

Posts: 679; Member since: May 27, 2015

What Android manufacture uses the name Splitview? Samsung calls theirs Split Screen which Apple of course copied and stole.

4. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Samsung copies all the time. #hypocrisy

18. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

As does Apple. #pot/kettle

6. AlikMalix unregistered

Wow, so someone got split and view trademarked but not split screen? Who would have knew? I'm gonna trademark split window and split see or a combination of every two words in English dictionary. For crying out loud.

12. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

For one, split-view and split-screen are not even the same thing.

17. ph00ny

Posts: 2031; Member since: May 26, 2011

not as bad rectangular shape with screen in the middle right?

21. vincelongman

Posts: 5695; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

How about: Boot Camp Final Cut Smart Cover Time Machine True Tone More here:https://www.apple.com/legal/intellectual-property/trademark/appletmlist.html Its well known that the trademark and patent systems are broken and outdated

24. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Apple sued a grocery chain for having an Apple in it's logo, and NYC.

25. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Samsung calls theirs "Multi-Window"

26. Optimusryga

Posts: 7; Member since: Jul 19, 2015

Samsung calls it multiwindow

3. eden555

Posts: 29; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

yea. split screen is used for andriod which samsung has had for a while.

5. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I call this a bs move.

9. gaming64

Posts: 234; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

It's still a legal move decided by the court. Now go back home and just eat some chimichangas.

16. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Karma for rounded rectangles?

22. gaming64

Posts: 234; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

Apple doesn't own rounded triangles ;P

19. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Of course you do. It's a decision against Apple.

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 31055; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Not fair! Apple invented split view with the iPhone 6, and pic n pic, and floating windows, and themes, and...oops wrong phone, my bad.

8. gaming64

Posts: 234; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

For a second there, I thought you were going full retard. LOL

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 31055; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

i know right lol.

10. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

lol good. apple quit trying to act like you made something "new" and call it what it really is like everyone else does

11. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Split-view. Because Apple was too stupid to just come up with something else. They rather still someone else product name hoping they wont notice. Apple it just Split-screen. Split-view is what you do in email. You have a split-view of the inbox so that on one side you see a header and on the other side you actually can see the contents of the email. When you are viewing an object or application in this case, you are usually in ONE single app where you can split the view so you can view multiple objects inside the same application. If you take 2 unique apps and split them so one is one side of the screen and the other is on the otherside, then that is split-screen because you have 2 or more app using the same screen space. That is not split-view. Apple thinks they are so smart and so do the boys who worship them.

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 31055; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

How dare Apple "still" from someone else.

27. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I know how to spell steal. But hey if that is all you can try to draw attention too, then youre a sad case.

29. darkkjedii

Posts: 31055; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Draw attention to, not "too", and youre should have an apostrophe.

13. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Of course.. Indians.. pfff

20. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Of course.. Apple.. Pfff

28. mjk2804

Posts: 32; Member since: Apr 27, 2015

You really got some seriuos issues with India

23. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Good move on stopping the patent troll India.

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