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Apple Insider reported today that Apple has made two filings to tradmark the term “iPodcast”.  This might be carrying the trademark / patent thing too far since Apple only recently jumped on the podcast bandwagon but we’ll see.  The really cheeky part of the filings are […]

Apple Insider reported today that Apple has made two filings to tradmark the term “iPodcast”.  This might be carrying the trademark / patent thing too far since Apple only recently jumped on the podcast bandwagon but we’ll see.  The really cheeky part of the filings are the two descriptions Apple used to apply for the trademark in the US Patent and Trademark Office:

 “computers, computer peripherals, hand held computers, computer terminals, personal digital assistants, electronic organizers, electronic notepads, apparatus for recording, transmission and reproduction of sounds, images, or other data; magnetic data carriers.”

“telecommunications services; communication by computer, computer intercommunication; telex, telegram and telephone services; rental, hire and leasing of communications apparatus and of electronic mailboxes; electronic bulletin board services,”

  1. This is pretty standard. All companies file applications as early as possible based on “intent to use.” They will include every possible type of goods and services on the application, because “you may not expand or broaden the identification of goods and/or services after filing the application.” — http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/tac/doc/basic/appcontent.htm#goods

    For example, Microsoft has already filed multiple applications to register “Windows Vista,” including one for “publications, namely, user manuals, instruction guides, reference guides, newsletters, magazines and books, all about computer operating systems; pens, pencils, markers, stationery, stationery-type portfolios, clipboards, desk sets, pen and pencil holders, mounted and unmounted photographs, posters, magnetic boards, memo pads, binders, staplers, paperweights, paper coasters, calendars, notebooks, book covers, sticker books and greeting cards.”

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