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USPTO Refuses Apple Trademark Application on Touch ID

July 15th, 2014 Comments off

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Patently Apple posted a piece about the USPTO refusing the trademark application of Apple  for the term “Touch ID.” Apparently the application was denied over likelihood of confusion. The domain name TouchId.com is registered to a company in the Cayman Islands (Not Name Administration), it was registered 13 years ago. The domain is parked.

From the article:


Today, the US Patent & Trademark Office published an official letter that was sent to Apple regarding their trademark application for “Touch ID” having been refused by their trademark examiner. Noteworthy is the fact that the letter was originally sent to Apple on May 7 and only made public today. That’s over a two month delay. The case against Apple’s Touch ID being registered seems to be solid and valid. Apple officially has six months to reply to USPTO with a work-around remedy or risk automatic trademark abandonment. With Apple likely to add their Touch ID feature to new iPads this fall, it’ll be interesting to see how Apple reacts to this latest news.

An interesting point made by USPTO was in regard to “Infinite Wording.” According to USPTO “In the identification of goods, applicant must use the common commercial or generic names for the goods, be as complete and specific as possible, and avoid the use of indefinite words and phrases. If applicant uses indefinite words such as “accessories,” “components,” “devices,” “equipment,” “materials,” “parts,” “systems” or “products,” such words must be followed by “namely,” followed by a list of the specific goods identified by their common commercial or generic names.”

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Swatch Plans to Fight Apple on Trademark for “iWatch”

May 6th, 2014 Comments off

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Mark Gurman of 9 to 5 Mac did a piece on Swiss watch maker Swatch stating that they will look to fight Apple on trademarking “iWatch”. Now Apple already has trademarked the term in Japan, Mexico and Turkey according to the article.

From the article:

The company is seeking to block Apple trademarks for the name “iWatch” because of its own line of watches called “ISwatch.” A representative for Swatch told Watson:

We assess the likelihood of confusion as given, the marks are confusingly similar. In all countries where the mark is registered, we go against it before.

While Swatch says it will fight the trademarks, the watch maker will not give specifics as to how it plans to do so. According to U.S. government filings, Swatch has moved in the past to block companies from registering the iWatch trademark:

This will prove to be an interesting case to see how Apple deals with the Swiss based watch maker. Will they pay them not to file an opposition ? Will they just move forward without any concession and try to get the mark through in the U.S. ?

Apple Reports Second Quarter Earnings – Stock up in After Hours Trading

April 23rd, 2014 Comments off

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Apple just reported second quarter earnings and the stock is up in after hours trading. The stock closed down 1.31 % to $524.75 on the trading day but is up $43 in after hours trading.

Apple Inc.

NASDAQ: AAPL – Apr 23 5:25 PM ET

524.75-6.95 (-1.31%)
After Hours: 568.20+43.45 (8.28%)
The company announced a 7 for 1 stock split.

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Apple just announced its second quarter results for 2014 with revenue for the quarter coming in at $45.6 billion. That’s compared to the guidance it previously provided of $42 – $44 billion and estimates by analysts averaging approximately $43.5B. Apple’s $45.6 billion in revenue reported today is also up from the $43.6 billion in revenue in the year ago quarter.

Break down of device sales for Q2 2014 include 43.7m million iPhones, 16.3 million iPads, and 4.1 million Macs. Compare that to an average of 38M iPhones, 19.3M iPads, 4M Macs, and 3M iPods predicted by the analysts leading up to today. In the same quarter last year, Apple sold 37.4 million iPhones, 19.5 million iPads, just under 4 million Macs, and 5.6 million iPods.

It also reported net quarterly profit of $10.2 billion, or $11.62 per diluted share in contrast to quarterly net profit of $9.5 billion, or $10.09 per diluted share in the same quarter last year.

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It looks like the Apple Smartwatch will be called the iWatch

April 23rd, 2014 Comments off

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It looks like Apple is going to name their smart watch the “iWatch”

In an article written by Chris Smith for BGR.com, it seems that a trademark registration filed by Brightflash USA LLC  has the same address that Apple has used in the past when trademarking iSlate. The same address was used to register the Car Play trademark by a company called, Carplay Enterprises.

From the article

Now that Apple has been seen further extending its company trademark to cover Class 14 devices including watches, a new piece of evidence seems to indicate that there’s apparently little doubt as to what Apple’s smartwatch will be called. French publication Consomac has discovered that Apple has quietly applied for “iWatch” trademarks in many markets around the world, including the U.S., by using a discrete dummy company called Brightflash.

While this is not official confirmation that Apple will indeed refer to its smartwatch line as the iWatch, it certainly fits with the previously revealed Class 14 Apple trademark filings. It is believed that the company is trying to maintain as much secrecy as possible around its products by using dummy companies to register trademarks for unannounced devices.

Read the full article and TM filing here.

The domain iwatch.com is owned by Anything.com and has been registered since 1998.

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Apple, Yahoo and Google All Reserve The Right To Read Your Email

March 21st, 2014 Comments off

So there was a story out this week that Microsoft had read the emails of a French blogger who had received code from a former Microsoft employee, the employee has been arrested in Seattle, accused of leaking Windows 8 to the tech blogger.

The blogger actually contacted Microsoft to verify what was going on, Microsoft then went through his hotmail and messenger and found the email from the former employee.

This of course has created quite a stir about privacy and what providers can and cannot do. The Guardian is out today with a story where Apple, Yahoo and Google have said they reserve the right to read their users emails.

From the article:

Microsoft is not unique in claiming the right to read users’ emails – Apple, Yahoo and Google all reserve that right as well, the Guardian has determined.

The broad rights email providers claim for themselves has come to light following Microsoft’s admission that it read a journalist’s Hotmail account in an attempt to track down the source of an internal leak. But most webmail services claim the right to read users’ email if they believe that such access is necessary to protect their property.

Microsoft’s own terms of service allow the company to access content “when Microsoft forms a good faith belief that doing so is necessary [to] protect the… property of Microsoft”. It made use of that right to read the email of an un-named journalist who had allegedly taken possession of the source code to Windows 8 thanks to an internal leak at the firm.

Following the revelation that Microsoft could, and did, read users’ email, the firm’s deputy general counsel told the Guardian that it would be tightening up its privacy policy. The new rules require an internal and external legal team to review any internal requests for access, and commit the firm to increased transparency over future requests.

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Apple Announces Car Play Without Securing the .Com

March 3rd, 2014 Comments off

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Apple announced a new  iPhone in car integration system and named it Car Play.

Vlad Sanov reported for The Verge

As was rumored on Friday, Apple is today finally ready to launch a new iPhone integration setup for car infotainment systems. Calling it CarPlay, the Cupertino company claims it’s “designed from the ground up to provide drivers with an incredible experience using their iPhone in the car.” CarPlay is built primarily around the use of Siri voice commands and prompts, providing an “eyes-free” experience where you can respond to incoming calls, dictate text messages, or access your music library. It’s also predictive, claiming to know where you’ll most likely want to go based upon addresses found in your email, texts, contacts, and calendars. Apple’s Maps are also an integral part of the service, which was previewed back in June of last year

The first cars to support CarPlay will debut at the Geneva Motor Show this week, coming from Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo. They’ll be followed by a very broad range of carmakers: Nissan, Peugeot, Jaguar Land Rover, BMW, and General Motors are among the big names promising to integrate CarPay into their forthcoming vehicles.

This is another new product launch where Apple has decided to launch without securing the .com. Carplay.com is owned by an individual in New York and the domain just shows a Go Daddy parked page. The domain has been registered since 2000.

Apple address for Carplay is currently https://www.apple.com/ios/carplay/

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36 Fortune 100 Companies that applied for new gTLDs

June 13th, 2012 Comments off

When the idea of new gTLDs were introduced, it seemed logical that big brand owners would be the first to adopt.  The cost to own one’s own “dotBrand” is somewhat restrictive because of the application price of $185,000 in addition to the costs to run the new TLD.  Among the Fortune 100 though, one would assume the costs would be seen as minimal in comparison to the advantages of protecting a brand or expanding services and offerings.

From the list of the 1930 applicants released today, DNN has compiled a list of 36 Fortune 100 companies that have applied for new TLDs.  Of those, 20 companies are applying for more than one new gTLD and 16 of them are merely applying for their brand name in a new extension.

Amazon, Google and Microsoft are applying for the most new TLDs from this list, which would make sense based on their respective brand and product positions on the internet.  All of these companies can be considered pioneers of a new way of using brands on the internet.

Several of these corporations are being assisted by legal or brand management agencies such as Fairwinds, CSC and MarkMonitor. This information came from the ICANN filings and we have also noted in the list below.

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Fortune 100 RankCompany NameTLD applied forSupporting Entity
2Wal-Mart Storesasda
george
grocery
samsclub
walmart
Fairwinds
5General Motorsbuick
cadillac
chevrolet
chevy
CSC
9Ford Motorford
lincoln
Hogan Lovells
16J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.chase
jpmorgan
jpmorganchase
Mark Monitor
17AppleappleCSC
19International Business Machinesibm
20Citigroupbanamex
citi
Steptoe and Johnson
33American International Groupaig
chartis
travelguard
Fairwinds
34MetLifemetlifeCSC
37Microsoftazure
bing
docs
hotmail
live
microsoft
office
skydrive
skype
windows
xbox
38TargettargetDorsey.com
40PfizerpfizerFairwinds
42Johnson & Johnsonbaby
jnj
Fairwinds
43State Farm Insurance Cos.statefarmMark Monitor
44DelldellFairwinds
45WellPointanthem
caremore
Valideus.com
49Comcastcomcast
xfinity
Fairwinds
51Intelintel
ultrabook
Fairwinds
53Best BuybestbuyFairwinds
55Prudential Financialpramerica
pru
prudential
Partridge IP Law
56Amazon.comamazon
app
audible
author
aws
book
bot
box
buy
call
circle
cloud
coupon
deal
dev
drive
fast
fire
free
game
got
group
hot
imdb
jot
joy
kids
kindle
like
mail
map
mobile
moi
movie
music
news
now
pay
pin
play
prime
read
room
safe
save
search
secure
shop
show
silk
smile
song
spot
store
talk
tunes
tushu
video
wanggou
wow
yamaxun
you
yun
zappos
zero
IDNs:
(a-label, translation, script)
xn--jlq480n2rg Amazon Hans
xn--fct429k Consumer Electronics Hani
xn--gk3at1e Online Shopping Hani
xn--jvr189m Food Hani
xn--cckwcxetd Amazon Kana
xn--gckr3f0f Cloud Kana
xn--cck2b3b Store Kana
xn--1ck2e1b Sale Kana
xn--bck1b9a5dre4c Fashion Kana
xn--eckvdtc9d Point Kana
xn--rovu88b Book Kana
Valideus.com
57Merckmerck (3)
merckmsd
emerck
Bettinger.de
Fairwinds
63Safewaygrocery
justforu
safeway
Fairwinds
64Cisco Systemscisco
65Sears HoldingsshopyourwayCSC
66Walt Disneyabc
70FedExfedexCSC
77Honeywell InternationalhoneywellFairwinds
82Oracleoracle
java
83Delta Air LinesdeltaSedari
88TIAA-CREFtiaaFairwinds
89Aetnaaetna
93Allstateallstate
autoinsurance
carinsurance
goodhands
Fairwinds
95American Expressamex
americanexpress
open
Fairwinds
73Googleads
and
android
app
are
baby
blog
boo
book
buy
cal
car
channel
chrome
cloud
corp
cpa
dad
day
dclk
dds
dev
diy
docs
dog
dot
drive
earth
eat
esq
est
family
film
fly
foo
free
fun
fyi
game
gbiz
gle
gmail
gmbh
goo
goog
google
guge
hangout
here
home
how
inc
ing
kid
live
llc
llp
lol
love
mail
map
mba
med
meme
mom
moto
mov
movie
music
new
nexus
page
pet
phd
play
plus
prod
prof
rsvp
search
shop
show
site
soy
spot
srl
store
talk
team
tech
tour
tube
vip
web
wow
you
youtube
zip

IDNs
a-code, translation, script
xn--flw351e chinese for “google” hani
xn--q9jyb4c japanese for “everyone” jpan
xn--qcka1pmc google jpan
100Nationwideonyourside
open

 

 

 

 

 

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May 1st, 2012 Comments off

Will Marchex Sell iPanel.com to Apple?

April 5th, 2012 Comments off

Apple does usually not care about owning the domain name for new products that are announced and or about to be launched, but in the past has then later acquired some of the names. Now it appears they are planning to launch the iPanel in the fourth quarter of this year – a combined TV Internet device. As luck would have it, Marchex (MCHX), owns ipanel.com, a currently parked domain and optimized for dating, which appears to have been purchased with the original Ultimate Search portfolio back in 2005.

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Explore Seven Years of Cool Apple Products with Screenshots.com

March 8th, 2012 Comments off

We’ve previously described how Screenshots.com can be an incredibly useful tool for researching a
domain name before you decide whether to buy it, but we sometimes find it’s just great fun too.

With an archive of screen captures dating back seven years or more for many popular sites, it can be fascinating to dive back into the history of  the web and remind yourself just how quickly technology trends have changed our online lives.

As a relatively new convert to the world of Apple products, I recently used Screenshots.com to delve back into the mists of time to see what treasures apple.comapple.com has offered over the time since the company’s return, circa 2004, from over a decade in the wilderness of the Microsoft-dominated PC era.

Apple has a habit of prominently displaying its latest and greatest products prominently on its homepage, which makes it a great example to show off Screenshots.comScreenshots.com.

Remember when iPods had a monochrome display? A screen that didn’t even do anything when you touched it? One of our earliest captures of apple.comapple.com, from December 2004, shows the newly launched color version of the device, which allowed users to store photos for the first time.

Can you believe Apple users were still restricted to using one-button mice until 2005? In this August 2005 screenshot, we see the birth of the two-button Apple Mighty Mouse, now just called the Apple Mouse, with its “Single-button looks, multi-button charm.”

It was the launch of the iPhone that arguably set Apple apart and started to make it the tech powerhouse it is today. In this January 2007 screenshot, we see one of the first images of the device that reinvented the cellphone market. The first iPhone didn’t hit stores for another six months, by which time consumer appetites had been truly whetted, making the iPhone the must-have device of the last 10 years.

The original model iPhone went on to sell 6.1 million units, and following quickly in its footsteps came the rise of the app. This capture from April 2009 shows the late stages of the countdown to the one billionth download from the App Store.

And with the launch of the first iPad in February 2010…

… it was less than two years before Apple once again turned over its front page to a countdown, this time to the 10 billionth download from the App Store.

Technology changes so fast, sometimes it’s easy to forget just how far the online world has come in such a short space of time. Screenshots.comScreenshots.com is a great reminder. What have you found?