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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Samsung files many early 2014, pre-CES trade marks

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Electronics giant Samsung has registered eight trade mark applications in the first three days of 2014, offering potential clues to the company’s plans for the CES consumer electronics event next week.

This comes just a few weeks after Samsung registered trade marks in Australia for ‘SeePlay’ and ‘SightPlay’.

These new 2014 trade marks are for terms including ‘Samsung Panoptic’, ‘Samsung Panagon’ and ‘Samsung NX Mini’.

Others are for ‘Samsung Super-Speed Drive’ and ‘Samsung Fully Detachable Handheld’. Three of the trade marks are not yet listed, and this post will be updated when they are added.

An Australian trade mark for ‘Samsung NX Mini’ adds evidence to today’s report that Samsung may announce a smaller version of its Galaxy NX camera after a US trade mark was filed.

‘Samsung Panagon’ has also been registered in the US, but this appears to be the first time the company has filed a trade mark for ‘Samsung Panoptic’.

The word ‘Panoptic’ is defined as “taking in all parts/aspects in a single view”, suggesting this could be linked to Samsung’s camera division.

The ‘Panagon’, ‘Panoptic’ and ‘NX Mini’ trade marks are registered under the same classes, covering various devices. Specifically:

Class 9: Large size display apparatus, namely, LCD large-screen displays; large size electric bulletin boards; mobile telephones; digital cameras; portable media player; portable computers; wireless headsets for mobile phones and tablet computers; rechargeable batteries; battery chargers; leather cases for mobile phones, smart phones and tablet computers; flip covers for mobile phones, smart phone and tablet computers; television receivers; audio component system; digital set-top boxes; DVD players; Light emitting diode displays; Monitors; 3D eye glasses; computer software; computers; printers for computers; semiconductors 

The ‘Super-Speed Drive’ is registered under the above classes and one additional electronic device; ‘solid state drives’.

The ‘Fully Detachable Handheld’ is lodged under classes covering vacuum cleaners, washing machines and dishwashers.

All of Samsung’s new trade marks are at the status of ‘Filed – Approved’, meaning they have not been seen by an IP examiner yet.

Click to view a screenshot of Samsung’s trade mark applications for ‘Panagon‘, ‘Panoptic‘, ‘NX Mini‘, ‘Super-Speed Drive‘ and ‘Fully Detachable Handheld‘.