Apple Denied Trademark

Liana Pappas - Publisher
28 September, 2011
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Back in 2007, Apple applied to trademark the word ‘Multi-Touch’, it was decided by the Trademark Office that the term was too broad.

Apple appealed the decision, however the original decision has been upheld. Documents state, “The examining attorney refused registration, on the basis that applicant’s proposed mark is merely descriptive of applicant’s goods”.

IP Australia has three Trademark applications from Apple,  Status’ listed as Lapsed/Not Protected and another Pending Under Examination.

In similar stories, it seems Apple would like to dominate certain Trademarks and use of Apple terms.

Back in July Apple was denied on Amazon’s use of ‘Appstore’, and back in May a Brisbane-based blog was forced to change names iTunesonsale.com.au after hearing from Apple’s lawyers.

We’re no strangers to Trademark compilations with Apple, earlier this year we were asked to change our sister publication touch logo, because it contained the Apple Home Button. We were allowed to keep the name touch however change to a new design.

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