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Apple Is DENIED!

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Apple, the king of tech, has been denied the trademark of the "multi-touch."

Originally petitioned in 2007, the United States Patent and Trademark Office will not accept the company's application.

Their reasoning? Because the term has already taken a second, more generic meaning.

They explained:

From the foregoing, we find that "multi-touch" not only identifies the technology, but also describes how a user of the goods operates the device. Based on the evidence discussed above, as well as other evidence in the record, we agree with the examining attorney that MULTI-TOUCH indeed is highly descriptive of a feature of the identified goods. We now consider whether applicant has submitted sufficient evidence to establish acquired distinctiveness of this highly descriptive term.

So, sorry Apple! You can't win everything!!!

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3 comments to “Apple Is DENIED!”



  1. 1

    APPLE IS NOT THE KING OF TECH BUT RATHER KING OF MARKETING. MUCH OF THEIR STUFF IS MIDDLE OF THE ROAD AS FAR AS TRUE TECH GOES… TAKE A SEAT FATBOY!



  2. 2

    Re: xcalibur

    Haha…true that!



  3. 3

    Multi-touch is too generic to be patented. Another (European?) company had multi-touch touchscreen devices before Apple launched the original iPhone. That would be like someone trying to patenting a camera on a phone. It was only bound to take off.