The Mexican Supreme Court has once again denied Apple the rights to the "iPhone" name trademark in Mexico. Apple lost an appeal to a ruling made in 2009 that denied Apple use of the trademark. The Mexican court is denying this appeal because the trademark is already being used by Ifone SA, a local representative for AltiGen Communications Inc. and dealer of IP-based telephone systems.
The court shot Apple down by saying that Ifone SA is indeed using the name correctly and that the company can retain ownership of the ... more
So, Apple can win a billion dollar case against Samsung but can't trademark an icon because of MySpace? That's how it looks. Gigaom is reporting that Apple was denied protection of its iOS Music icon after a trademark judges said that users may get the icon confused with MySpace's music icon. Yeah, really. The icon that caused Apple's inconvenience was originally trademarked by iLike in 2008. iLike was a music sharing and downloading service that was acquired by MySpace in 2009 and axed earlier this year.
Apple didn't let this ... more
The day after a court ordered a ban on Apple iPad sales in part of China, Proview (creators of the Internet Personal Access Device dubbed IPAD) has stated that it is willing to negotiate with Apple searching for "proper" compensation to allow it to use the name iPad in China.
Now, you are probably wondering what Proview considers "proper" compensation. According to the NASDAQ, the company is seeking the hefty sum of $2 billion for ... more
Another day, another trademark dispute for Apple. This time around publisher John T. Colby has filed a suit against Apple for its use of the term iBooks. Colby purchased the assets related to 'ibooks' in 2006 and 2007 from Byron Preiss, a New York publisher, who published a ton of books under the branding.
Normally some of these companies have a leg to stand on, but this time around it seems like Apple has a trademark of its own for iBooks (75182820), relating to "computer [ hardware and ... more
Before we can jump right into today's news, we need to provide a little bit of a backstory. This particular wrestling match over a trademark has been ongoing for a couple of months now, but instead of reaching a resolution, the fight just keeps on going down the tubes.
Back in 2008, Apple applied for a trademark on the term "App Store." It mostly went uncontested until Microsoft decided that they had an issue with it. So, earlier this month, Microsoft filed an official complaint with the U.S. ... more
Apple has patented a call-center monitoring application for the iPhone. Instead of sitting on hold in a queue, waiting for a representative for a half hour, you would get a visual notification from your phone. The iPhone would then provide queue time information, like the average waiting time for the call center.
Apple's new method of on-hold monitoring will let you get back to work or play some games while you're waiting on your phone. The iPhone would monitor the line with speech recognition software to detect when ... more
Canonical holds the trademark and right to the name "Launchpad" according to the legal policy placed on the Launchpad website, but that hasn't stopped Apple from launching their own Launchpad yesterday during the keynote. It looks like we might have a trademark-infringment case on our hands again.
In a pretty witty move, a funny Ubuntu fan thought it would be a lark to submit a bug on the Launchpad website, indicating that it would be a "bug" if Canonical neglects to defend their trademark against Apple.
Apple has a way ... more
There really is an app for everything on the App Store. People not only know it, they like to say it as well. So much in fact that Apple Inc. decided it was best to patent the phrase: "There's an app for that."
The trademark was filed in December of 2009 and was just awarded on October 7, 2010. So, it looks like we're all going to have to take some extra caution while throwing around the popular phrase.
It's not exactly precedent setting, though. People have being doing ... more
Though I’m usually not a huge fan of iPad sleeves, there are a few that really stick out from the crowd. One of these sleeves is the Bowden by the folks at FineGrain, a relatively new startup that focuses on iPad sleeves. The Bowden is a sleeve that is handcrafted
I’ve had a long relationship with Realmac Software, and their applications. The first time I came across one of their products with Little Snapper, which I’m pretty sure showed up in my email because of a MacHeist bundle I had purchased early on in my Mac life. Since then, I’ve