On September 16th, 2010 Apple Inc. received an Office Action letter for their “RETINA” trademark application. The United States Patent and Trademark Office states “Amended Identification of Goods Required”, “Multiple Class Requirements” and most interestingly… “Advisory: Dual Filing Bases – Foreign Application Not From Country of Origin“.
Apple Inc. also received an Office Action letter for “FACETIME” on September 17th, 2010.
Interestingly, the arguments presented by the USPTO for this trademark application, were the same for the “RETINA” trademark application! Apple is not the first company to do this…filing in other countries before the official launch in the country of primary business can avoid an early unveiling.