What's this? Apple trademarks the word mark 280
posted by Ian M. / Jul 06, 2011, 10:10 AM
The Maps application icon shows a Route 280 sign which happens to be the highway passing by Apple’s headquarters out in Cupertino, California. The icons image was in fact submitted along with the word 280 so at least there is some legitimate reasoning behind it.
This is just a way to ensure that nobody else will use the maps application or the Route 280 sign for their own. Apple began seeking out this trademark back in April of 2010 and this request was granted on June 28, 2011. Tell us what you think in the comments below.
source: Tech Crunch via TUAW
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posted on Jul 06, 2011, 10:14 AM 5
"This is just a way to ensure that nobody else will use the maps application or the Route 280 sign for their own." Assuming the DOT isn't going to have to cough up any cash for naming the road.
posted on Jul 06, 2011, 10:54 AM 6
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If Apple are trying to trademark the interstate highway symbol, and some bozo at the U.S. PTO let them, it will not stand past the first challenge. The interstate highway symbols are property of the U.S. - just like the U.S. flag can not be claimed as a trademark or copyright.
posted on Jul 06, 2011, 10:55 AM 5
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Apple rules over US, about the flag its all about time Buahahhahaha
posted on Jul 06, 2011, 11:04 AM 4
can i copyright the left hand turn single in cars and get payed royalties everytime someone turns left? what if i sue samsung first then steal googles ideas?
posted on Jul 06, 2011, 3:15 PM 4
Posts: 492; Member since: Jan 20, 2010
Too late! I already applied for and was awarded patents on the left pointing arrow and the "arm bent in a left turn" image in conjunction with a signalling devices for use in motorized/non-motorized/human-powered vehicles in the conditions of: onroad/offroad, underwater, underground, in-air, in-orbit, in-warpdrive, and travelling through black matter.
posted on Jul 07, 2011, 8:48 AM 2
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Is it April 1st? if Apple gets this patent...the Touchwiz part of the Samsung vs. Apple lawsuit should get thrown out, burned, drowned. So other map apps will have to come up with a new icon and numbers for route 280 or pay Apple licenses? I think Google maps was out before an iOS map app. How about Mapquest and AAA maps? Oh the specifics: on a mobile device...sigh... And some ppl wonder why some ppl are irked by Apple. This might be the first time I've heard of ANY company trying to patent something like this. Where is the patent for the route in front of Google headquarters, or MS headquarters... Thats right, that crazy idea never crossed their minds. I know there must be specifics with this like the gesture patent that had the web abuzz recently but still...
posted on Jul 06, 2011, 11:21 AM 6
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Youre not that bright. They're patenting the logo for the app. Not the actual highway lol. Anyone can still show highway 280 on their maps. It just can't be the logo for their app.
posted on Jul 06, 2011, 2:25 PM 1
Because there's only FOUR I-280's...not counting 680 and 276, both of which were once designated as 280. I kinda doubt Apple wants to be assoicated with the Quad Cities.
posted on Jul 06, 2011, 12:53 PM 0
This is just another evil plot from apple...... After Apple get the trademark from the government, they will turnaround and file a lawsuit with the government for trademake violation on the use of markers that say 280 on their highways.
posted on Jul 08, 2011, 10:32 PM 0
That symbol is actually Interstate 280. It's in NJ (http://www.nycroads.com/roads/I-280_NJ/) and I drive the entire thing every day during my commute. If I take a picture of the sign and use it on my Android phone as an icon for Maps, do you think El Jobso will come after my first born?
posted on Jul 06, 2011, 1:00 PM 4
I wonder - if Steve Jobs suddenly ate a Hamburger instead of his usual bowl of sushi - would Phone Arena report this as well?
posted on Jul 06, 2011, 2:10 PM 3
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no they cant they need to pay Steve Jobs first for using his name
posted on Jul 06, 2011, 2:55 PM 2
Posts: 15; Member since: Jul 05, 2011
And the Fandroids start complaining. Face it people, Apple is a business protecting their products. When you have companies like Samsung who couldn't be original to save their skins, of course you have to patent your works. Steve Jobs is the icon of smartphones because iPhone rocks.
posted on Jul 06, 2011, 4:07 PM 2
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