Apple’s trademarks given final refusal by the USPTO

This is just in, two of Apple’s recent trademark applications have been handed a final refusal by the USPTO trademark examiners.

For the application bearing serial number 77218458, the examiner states and I quote, “the applicant’s request for registration of its mark on a “full line of electronic and mechanical parts and fittings for mobile phones and other portable and handheld digital electronic devices for recording, organizing, transmitting, manipulating, and reviewing text, data, audio and video files” is unacceptable because it does not include evidence of use on a full line of products. ”

Apple's trademark final refusal given
Apple’s trademark final refusal given

Therefore the Final office action letter goes on to state that, the applicant must provide evidence that shows use of the mark for a full line of products is made final.  Such evidence may consist of product catalogs or similar evidence showing broad use of the mark for a majority of the goods in the “full line.”

This letter was sent to Apple Inc, on the 26th of March 2010 and to avoid any abandonment of the application, Apple has promptly sought an extension of time to file a SOU (statement of Use) filed on 31st of March.

However what is funny is that Apple prefers its office actions to mailed by post rather than emailed, as it has not provided a correspondent email address with the USPTO.

Another trademark application Apple is in danger of losing, is the application with the serial number, 77218488. The mark WORKS WITH IPHONE, filed with description, “Full line of electronic and mechanical parts and fittings for mobile phones and other portable and handheld digital electronic devices for recording, organizing, transmitting, manipulating, and reviewing text, data, audio and video files; electronic docking stations; stands specially designed for holding mobile phones and portable and handheld digital electronic devices; battery chargers; battery packs; electrical connectors, wires, cables, and adaptors; wired and wireless remote controls…”, has been refused a registration by the examining attorney.

Works with iphone
Works with iphone

The refusal is the same as the above application making one believe that both trademark applications are for the same device.

In this case, Apple is yet to respond to the USPTO. What will the answer be? Will this be an iPhone application for going green?

Keep watching this space for more.

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