The tech giant lodged an Australian trade mark last Friday, 9 August, for ‘MULTI-TOUCH’, covering various electronic devices.
Apple originally lodged a trade mark for the term covering similar classes in 2007 but, after being accepted by an examiner, was never registered the company and the application eventually lapsed unprotected in 2009. It registered for a similar trade mark again in 2009, but the process repeated – it was accepted but the application was never finalised by Apple and the application was withdrawn in 2011.
This new application covers more devices than the previous two now-lapsed applications.
The lodgement comes in the wake of the International Trade Commission stating last week that some of Apple’s patents for multi-touch technology should be heard by courts, with one judge saying “its multi-touch work was worthy of strong protection”.
If accepted, Apple will hold the trade mark in Australia for the term ‘multi-touch’ on computer hardware, mobile phones, televisions, cameras, video game consoles and various other devices, specifically:
Class 9: Computer hardware and software but excluding computer software for managing the clinical performance of health workers and computer software for the analysis of defects and computer software designed to estimate costs; handheld and mobile digital electronic devices for the sending and receiving of telephone calls, faxes, electronic mail, and other digital data; MP3 and other digital format audio players; handheld computers, personal digital assistants, electronic organizers, electronic notepads; magnetic data carriers; telephones, mobile phones, cell phones; computer gaming machines, videophones, cameras; computer and consumer electronic input devices; computer and consumer electronic monitors and screens; televisions
The new trade mark application is at the status of ‘Filed – Approved’, meaning it has not been seen by an examiner yet. It was lodged by the Californian office of Apple Inc and an Australian legal representative, Baker & McKenzie.