Having lost a trademark appeal in China over the right to use the iPad name there, Apple now faces a greater threat as authorities in at least one Chinese city have started to confiscate the tablet from store shelves.
Although multi-touch devices existed prior to the iPhone, few of them have made the impact that Apple’s handset has. Unfortunately, that isn’t enough to satisfy the United States Patent and Trademark Office, who has denied Cupertino’s application for a trademark on the term.
It's time for another whirlwind, around-the-world tour of Apple's latest lawsuits, this time with developments occurring on three different continents. In Europe, Samsung and Apple are dueling it out in Germany, and Down Under a judge tells Apple to cough up payment documents to prove Samsung's really a threat. We'll also discuss Apple's latest legal troubles in Asia, where the company sent a threatening letter to a Chinese food company to stop its trademark infringement.
If there's one issue that's seemed to dominate the tech world headlines this year, it's been lawsuits. Continuing the trend, in a potentially large decision today, the U.S. International Trade Commission gave an initial determination in Apple's patent infringement suit against HTC, and it isn't looking good for the latter.
Amazon is taking on Apple on yet another front, launching their own Appstore for Android-based devices, offering the new Angry Birds Rio as their “free app of the day” -- but the launch is shadowed by an Apple lawsuit over the bookseller’s use of the term “Appstore.”
There's a war raging between Apple and Microsoft over the use of the term "App Store." Apple says they should own the trademark to it, and Microsoft says it's too generic a term, and that anyone -- and everyone -- should be allowed to use it.
By this point, the term “App Store” is almost synonymous with Apple and their iconic iOS products. Apparently, Microsoft doesn’t agree, and has filed suit against the iPhone maker over a trademark filed in 2008.
Did you really think we could go for more than a few weeks without the mentioning a new Apple-centric lawsuit? Of course not. This time around, the action surrounds a cash-strapped Taiwanese monitor manufacturer called Proview who owned, then sold and subsequently cried over a trademarked name you may be familiar with.
Today we learned that Apple's trademark filing for the saying "There's an app for that" was approved by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. According to Trademarkia, the trademark was filed on Friday, December 4, 2009. The catch phrase, which was started by Apple in iPhone commercials has become a popular phrase among many when encountering a situation that could be helped with an app from the App Store.