UPDATED: Samsung files for ‘Dark Screen’, ‘Finger Scanner’ and a vehicle control app icon

SamsungLogoElectronics giant Samsung has filed new trade marks in Australia for the terms ‘Dark Screen’ and ‘Finger Scanner’.

The company announced earlier today that the new Samsung Galaxy S5 will have a fingerprint scanner, but the company appears to want to trade mark the term as well as implementing it on new devices.

The trade mark for ‘Finger Scanner’ was registered on February 20 and covers exactly one class: mobile phones.

Apple’s similar fingerprint scanner is called ‘Touch ID’, and the company registered a trade mark for that term last month.

The ‘Dark Screen’ trade mark was registered a day later, and covers a broader variety of classes. Specifically:

Class 9: Mobile telephones; digital cameras; portable media player; 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 displays; monitors; 3D eye glasses; computers; printers for computers; semiconductors; computer software; computer application software for mobile phones 

A Google search does not appear to bring up any relevant results about what the ‘Dark Screen’ trade mark will be used for.

Both trade marks were filed by the Korean headquarters of Samsung and a Sydney-based legal representative, Spruson & Ferguson.

They remain at the early status of ‘Filed – Approved’, meaning they have yet to been seen by an IP examiner.

Click to view a screenshot of Samsung’s trade mark applications for ‘Dark Screen‘ and ‘Finger Scanner‘.

UPDATE

On February 20, the same day that Samsung registered for the ‘Finger Scanner’ trade mark, the company also filed for a steering wheel image, as seen below:

Samsung steering wheel appA Google search for the image, presumably an app icon, suggests it has not appeared online before.

The trade mark covers classes very similar to the trade marks above, with one notable addition: “computer application software for mobile phones and smart phones for vehicle control”.

The full list is below:

Class 9: Mobile telephones; smart phones; digital cameras; portable media 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; computer software for vehicle control; computer application software for mobile phones and smart phones for vehicle control

There have been recent articles about Samsung’s Galaxy Gear device “controlling” a car.

The application remains at the status of ‘Indexing Approved’, meaning it has not been seen by an IP examiner yet.

Click to view a screenshot of Samsung’s steering wheel trade mark.

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Apple files for ‘Guest Mode’

applegApple has lodged an Australian trade mark application for the term ‘Guest Mode’.

Filed on September 20, the application was lodged by the Californian headquarters of Apple Inc and an Australian legal representative, Baker & McKenzie.

It covers a huge list of computing and electronic devices across Class 9 – from ‘mobile phones’ and ‘tablets’ to ‘dog whistles’ and ‘electrically heated socks’ (seriously). You can view the whole list here.

Apple has been criticised in the past for not allowing a ‘guest mode’ on its devices.

The tech giant also lodged a trade mark for the term in Europe last week, covering the same classes.

The trade mark application is at the status of ‘Taken For Examination’.

Click to view a screenshot of Apple’s ‘Guest Mode’ trade mark application.

LG lodges ‘Prix’ mark

lg-logo-500-rm-engGlobal consumer electronics company LG has lodged a new Australian trade mark application for the term ‘LG G Prix’.

The application – TM number 1557107 – was lodged a fortnight ago by LG Corp in Korea and an Australian legal representative, Griffith Hack.

The trade mark would cover a variety of products and services within Class 9, mostly covering mobile phone and computer products. The full list:

Telephone sets; portable communications apparatus; mobile phones; headsets for mobile phones; personal digital assistants (PDA); MPEG audio layer-3(MP3) players; television receivers; television monitors; chargers for batteries; digital versatile disc (DVD) players; apparatus for recording, transmission or reproduction of sound and images; audio-video receivers; telecommunication devices and apparatus; notebook computers; handheld computers; computers; computer application software for mobile phone; computer software; computer programs, recorded; computer programs (downloadable software)

An online search for ‘LG G Prix’ brings up no directly relevant results, although a possible link could be LG’s sponsorship of the 2013 Australian F1 Grand Prix earlier in the year, which looks to be continuing for 2014’s race.

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

Click to view a screenshot of the ‘LG G Prix’ trade mark application page.