The patent office denies Apple's application to trademark the term "multi-touch"

The patent office denies Apple's application to trademark the term
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has denied Apple's appeal to receive a trademark over the term "multi-touch", saying that it is too descriptive for that. Apple filed the request right after the first iPhone was introduced, hoping to patent one of the selling points in its marketing campaign for the device.

The initial filing received a negative answer, and Cupertino's lawyers appealed, and were shot down again now, with the USPTO lawyers who reviewed the appeal saying that the term "multitouch" has become too generic and applicable to a wide variety of gizmos, while Apple's filing is for a term which is descriptive above all else. "The greater the degree of descriptiveness the term has, the heavier the burden to prove it has attained secondary meaning", say the USPTO guidelines. The patent office's actual statement is:

This "distinctiveness" is determined through a variety of metrics such as sales, marketing expenses, exclusivity, and so on. Based on those different criteria the USPTO has determined that Apple can't claim exclusive rights over the term "Multi-Touch".



1. superguy

Posts: 464; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

USPTO got it right. ^ That's as dumb as Intel trying to trademark "i".

5. TKFox007

Posts: 303; Member since: Nov 02, 2010

Last year Apple tried to trademark the letter "i" too

6. warrenellis

Posts: 102; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

apple already trademarked the i i think. no more i's for anybody else

2. ivanko34

Posts: 617; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

Have they succeeded to trademark 'iSheep' ?

3. AhmadAlsayegh

Posts: 326; Member since: Jul 18, 2011

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7. ilia1986 unregistered

DID YOU HEAR THAT, TACO? MIZ? Gallitoking? Gemini? Any other idiotic iSheep licking their iJoke obsessively? Where's Crapple's innovation now, huh? 40% vs 28% market share in the US in favor of ANDROID 2 vs 1 people are going to upgrade to ANDROID iOS 5 ripped several features out of ANDROID. Apple crying because Samsung intends to ban the iPhone and the iPad in the US based on 3G patent infringement. It's an ANDROID World. A FREE world. And a GOOD - not EVIL world.

12. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

When you're #1, you don't need to gloat.

40. AppleFanboy

Posts: 142; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

Yeah and most of them are changing OS after using an Android you idiot, here, so something useful for a change and read this:


Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

dude your such a troll!

74. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

You're going to call him a troll after ilia's ridiculous troll post that had nothing to do with the article?

84. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

he is a troll because like most iDiot iFans, he lacks reading comprehension the article he posted has nothing to do with OS and everything to do with manufacturer.

86. AppleFanboy

Posts: 142; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

idiot.....maybe you should've seen ilia's response, which my post was in reference these days man...


Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

all i notice in your postings is the word "idiot" is that all you know how to say?? the rest of your post is just jibberish

83. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Yes, because a survey of 550 people with no qualifications about who was actually a user of each OS. 89 percent of 10 people is still only 9 people. We get that people who get iPhones love their iPhones and would never consider anything different. We also get that people get iPhone envy because Android is not a status symbol in the same way a Mac or an iPhone is. It's like how Lincolns and Caddies are just fine, and lovely luxury cars, but since they aren't quite the status symbol that Euro luxos are, they don't get the same respect. Also why older luxury cars have such a drop off in resale value, because an older, used luxury car isn't a status symbol until it becomes so old that the only way to get and maintain one is to spend a lot more money than on a new luxury car. Used and "commonplace" luxury cars just aren't status symbols. Neither is Android.

85. AppleFanboy

Posts: 142; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

Hey Sniggly, where you been at man, I haven't had any intellectual responses lately with all the tools going around posting dumb $hit lol, I mean, who calls themselves Galaxy-S do you even have one?? lmao


Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

whooaa!! intellectual is such a big word for you!! im suprised the word idiot is not in this comment ;0 .. yea i dont have a galaxy anymore but im sticking to the name, theres no need to change it isheep

95. AppleFanboy

Posts: 142; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

Lol you are an idiot bro, shut up before I slap you in the face with my sword....

103. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Ha, AppleFanboy, how are you? I've been busy with family obligations and getting a job interview scheduled, though I've kinda been around. Now play nice with the other kids or I'll have to put you in a time out. :D And I'm so embarrassed. I didn't finish the thought I started in my first paragraph up there. I meant to say that a survey with blah blah blah is such a reliable source to judge where the movement between OSes is going to head.


Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

Great comparison sniggly! but i doubt theses isheep will understand it

101. ilia1986 unregistered

Actually, Sniggly I believe that Android IS a status symbol. It radiates intelligence for a person who owns an Android device has been intelligent enough to both resist the Apple propaganda, AND to understand that it is better to have a phone of your own - which you can customize (even without rooting) - than a cookie-cutter phone which a lot of DIFFERENT people have - yet it still looks THE SAME. iPhone is like McDonalds - when it first came out - everyone was hysterical about it - and ignored the DAMAGE it caused to one self. Nowadays, people are much more conscious about their food - and will refuse to eat only McDonald's fast food, seeing as there are a lot of alternatives.

104. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Android isn't really a status symbol so much as it is a rallying point for those who hate status symbols. I love Android partially because it ISN'T a status symbol. I don't have to live off of the approval of others, and in fact I'm quite used to being regarded with disdain. It doesn't matter. Android does what I need it to do without fail, and I rest easy in the knowledge that if there's something I want to do to it-like, say, give it a UI skin that makes it more similar to the GUIs from Tron/Legacy, I can do it without "jailbreaking" the phone and making Google want to get the federal government to declare my actions a felony violation of the DMCA.

115. ilia1986 unregistered

Indeed a society which applauds the likes of the iPhone which encourages dumbed-down behavior - and frowns upon the likes of Android - which encourages user freedom and intelligence - is an undeniably sick one. Here in Israel, iPhone is also a status symbol - but not to such a degree that if you have an iPhone you're automatically considered cool, and if you have Android - you are a nerd. Or any other stupid Apple-induced stereotype.

118. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Israel, eh? Hey, are there still protests going on over there? What are they about? Mainstream media has been absolutely dismal about covering it here.

119. ilia1986 unregistered

The protests were about the standard of living here (especially the cost of property), which when compared to average income per person vs average expenditure per person - is very very low compared to the rest of the developed world. A special committee was appointed to resolve the crisis - as at one time almost half a million of protesters marched on the streets of Tel Aviv. That's almost tenth of the total population. Unfortunately - it appears that said committee has proposed only a partial solution. As of today - there are still small pockets of protesters here and there. However, due to the recent military and political events - the protest has largely lost its momentum. I hope that all will be well as soon as possible. I am currently at my 3rd year at Bar Ilan Uni (Economics and management B.A.) - and the last thing I would want to find myself in a year is being unable to find a good job.

123. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Recent military and political events? Oh, isn't there some bulls**t going on with Jordan or something about an attack of some sort? Again, news coverage over here has been s**tty. And I guess the U.S. isn't the only country in the world going through major hardship.

106. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

@illia. Well maybe the term multi-touch was denied, but not the technology. Apple was applying for both I think. And they have the right to do so. Multitouch technology was never popular on phones until the iphone came out.

108. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Also ilia. Android's market share is nothing to brag about. That 40% android market share has to be divided by several android OEM's, while ios' 28% is solely Apple. So when you break things down, Apple is still #1. Also, iOS didn't rip off android. Unless of course you can prove to us that they did by showing us evidence that Apple was proven guilty in court of such. Otherwise, you're just badmouthing with no evidence. Let me educate you ilia. One is innocent and is not guilty of a crime unless proven in the court of law. Something that android fanboys like you, seem to not know because you android fanboys just make up your own stuff :-)

120. ilia1986 unregistered

gemini - do you not find it amusing that you consider me being an Android fanboy - yet I nevertheless own an iPhone 4? Doesn't that strike you as odd? And Android market share IS something to brag about - because despite the fact that there are a lot of devices, and OEMs - there is only ONE leading operating system. A person who bought an HTC Hero, CDMA can still use largely the same widgets and apps as a person who bought the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, and can still use largely the same widgets and apps as a person who bought the Motorola Cliq. This is a battle of platforms\OSs. Not manufacturers. Consumers don't care whether Samsung has more market share than HTC or not. Consumers care whether their friends are more likely to have an Android phone or an iPhone. As you can see - the answer in the US is obviously the former.

133. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

@ilia. That's not odd. That's dumb :) I doubt if you can use the same apps from one android device to another. Fragmentation has been a major issue with android phones due to their varying specs, and not all of them are updated at the same time. So I really doubt what you're saying. And again, no, android's bigger market share is not a big deal. Because again, that market share is divided by multiple oem's. At the end of the day, it is who among the oem's made the most profit that counts, and which phone model sold the most. And it's the Apple iphone. The rest are just alternatives for the real deal. The iphone.

135. p0rkguy

Posts: 685; Member since: Nov 23, 2010

Honestly, I still don't understand why consumers are able to brag about "profits", "market share", "devices sold". It has nothing to do with the consumer other than the fact that they're a really really really really small part of that equation. Doubt companies would even care if they lost you. Capturing the untouched feature-phone market is their priority right now, keeping your loyalty isn't.

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