Samsung files trade mark for ‘Gear Blink’ in Australia

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Samsung has lodged a trade mark in Australia for the term ‘Samsung Gear Blink’, hinting at an as-yet-unannounced new Google Glass rival.

The trade mark was filed yesterday, 20 May, by Samsung and an Australian legal representative, Callinans.

The application follows a similar application by the company filed this week in Korea. Samsung also published patents for glasses-based electronic devices earlier this year.

The Australian trade mark covers a variety of tech devices under classes 9 and 14, including ‘wearable smart phones’ and ‘3D eye glasses’.

Specifically, those devices are:

Class 9: Mobile phones; digital cameras; portable media players; mp3 players; mp4 players; portable computers; wireless headsets for mobile phones, smart phones and tablet computers; rechargeable batteries; battery chargers; leather cases for mobile phones, smart phones and tablet computers; flip covers for mobile phones, smart phones and tablet computers; tablet computers; television receivers; audio electronic components, namely surround sound systems; digital set-top boxes; DVD players; Light Emitting Diode (LED) displays; monitors; 3D eye glasses; computers; printers for computers; semiconductors; wearable computer peripherals; wearable peripherals for mobile devices; wearable computers; wearable mobile phones and smart phones; mobile phones and smart phones in the shape of a watch; mobile devices in the shape of a watchband

Class 14: Clocks; parts and fittings for watches; wristwatches; electronic clocks and watches; bracelets (jewellery); watchbands; control clocks (master clocks); watches that communicate data to Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs), mobile phones, smart phones, tablet computers and personal computers through Internet websites and other computer and electronic communications networks; watchbands that communicate data to Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs), mobile phones, smart phones, tablet computers and personal computers through Internet websites and other computer and electronic communications networks; bracelets that communicate data to Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs), mobile phones, smart phones, tablet computers and personal computers through Internet websites and other computer and electronic communications networks 

The trade mark is currently at the status of ‘Filed – Approved’, meaning it has not been seen by an IP examiner yet.

Click to view a screenshot of Samsung’s ‘Gear Blink’ trade mark.

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LG hints at Chrome OS devices

lg_logoSouth Korean technology giant LG has lodged a host of Australian trade marks that suggest it is planning to launch a range of Google Chrome OS-based devices.

In the last week, the company has filed trade marks for ‘ChromeOne’, ‘ChromeDesk’ and ‘ChromeStation’, all covering various technology devices.

LG currently partners with Google on the ‘Nexus’ brand of smartphones, including the soon-to-launch Google Nexus 5.

Samsung, HP and Acer all currently have ‘Chromebook’ laptop devices on the market.

All three of the trade marks were lodged on October 16 by the Korean headquarters of LG Electronics and an Australian legal representative, Griffith Hack.

They cover the exact same range of technology classes, including laptops, mobile phones and tablet computers. Specifically those classes are:

Class 9: Projectors; head phones; mobile phones; television receivers; speakers for television; universal serial bus (USB) drives; monitors for computers; laptop computers; computers; digital versatile disc (DVD) players; portable hard disk drives for computer; apparatus for recording, transmission or reproduction of sound or images; computer application software; audio receivers; settop boxes; car speakers; speakers for home theaters; audio-video (AV) receivers for home theaters; convertible computers; tablet computers

Despite being lodged last Wednesday, all three of LG’s trade marks are already at the status of ‘Taken For Examination’. Nearly every other trade mark registered on that day is at the earlier status of ‘Indexing Approved’, suggesting LG is fast-tracking these trade marks — possibly for a Google Play event in New York scheduled for October 24.

A Google search for ‘ChromeOne’ , ‘ChromeStation’ and ‘ChromeDesk’ do not appear to bring up any relevant results.

Click to view a screenshot of LG’s trade marks for ‘ChromeOne’, ‘ChromeDesk’ and ‘ChromeStation’.

D-Link hints at Google Glass-like device

wearcamChinese networking and communications company D-Link has lodged an intriguing Australian trade mark for the term ‘Wearcam’.

The application is also for a logo (pictured), and covers classes for features including an ‘internet protocol camera’, ‘portable media players’, ‘personal digital assistants’, ‘mobile telephones’, ‘computer programs for editing images’ and ‘downloadable computer game programs’.

D-Link is best known for selling Wi-Fi products, such as wireless routers, and currently holds 33 per cent of that market. Other offerings include a cloud service, internet security and network cameras.

A search for “D-Link Wearcam” doesn’t appear to have any relevant results, and a search for ‘Wearcam’ on the D-Link website brings up zero results.

However, a search for ‘Wearcam’ links to various websites discussing wearable cameras and computers, with the top search – Wearcam.org – featuring an image and writing about Google Glass.

In fact, another website about Wearcam technology defines it as:

The WearCam invention is a particular variant of the “existential computer” invention which comprises the following entities: (1) one or more cameras that is/are attached to the body in some manner that permits both hands to be free (2) means of recording, processing, and transmitting images from the camera(s); processing means may be remote if facilitated through communications means (3) a display means that has the capability of presenting an image or stream of images from the camera, as well as other images (e.g. from the processor, or received from an external signal) and is also worn in a manner that permits both hands to be free.

The trade mark application for ‘Wearcam’ – TM number 1565938 – was lodged on July 1 by D-Link Corporation.

The classes covered on the application are specifically:

Class 9: Internet protocol cameras; digital cameras; cameras; internet cameras; computer cameras; set-top boxes; portable media players; personal digital assistants; closed-circuit television monitors; mp3 players; mobile telephones; video-telephones; internet phones; telematics apparatus, namely, wireless internet devices which provide telematics services and have a cellular phone function; computer network hubs, switches and routers; voice over internet protocol gateways; cordless telephones; cordless telephone base station; voice server; voice over internet protocol telephone adapter; computer software used in network communication; computer hardware, namely, firewalls; wireless television set for providing video conferencing and telephone service over the internet; telephone call routers; telephones; computer firmware for use in database management; computer servers; data processing equipment and computers; computer hardware and software for processing digital data and music files; computer operating programs; computer programs for editing images, sound and video; computer programs for using the internet and the world wide web; computer software and hardware for use in language localization, by means of language translation, subtitling, dubbing, closed captioning and teletext for feature films, television programs, videos and digital media; computer software and firmware for operating system programs; computer software for processing digital images; downloadable music files; downloadable computer game programs; downloadable electronic dictionaries; electronic game programs; electronic game software for cellular telephones 

The trade mark application is at the early status of ‘Indexing Approved’.

Click to view a screenshot of D-Link’s ‘Wearcam’ trade mark application.

Google’s ‘LOON’ enters Australian trade mark register

loon googleGoogle has had its Australian trade mark application for the term ‘LOON’ accepted, and it officially entered the register three weeks ago.

The trade mark – TM number 1535528 – was first lodged back in January, and filed under ‘telecommunications services’ in Class 38.

It appears to have been lodged as a priority application, after being accepted only a fortnight after first filing.

Google has a similar US trade mark application in January, along with an additional logo (pictured). The US trade mark is not yet accepted though, with a response due in October.

The logo is similar to one displayed at loon.com.au, which is owned by Aaron Loon, who claims to be a Google employee on his Google+ page.

™Watch has contacted Aaron Loon and is awaiting a response.

Click to view a screenshot of Google’s Australian trade mark application for ‘LOON’.