While this was a rather slow summer news week, there were still a few highlights worth noting. There were a number of stories on Apple’s intellectual property front; a few interesting Apple stories like iPhone photo winners announced and the App Store dominating in profits; and some interesting industry news like Google getting fined billions over Android breaching EU laws. Lastly, Apple wants to show a little love for HomePod fans this coming week by holding a special event.
Apple IP & Legal News of the Week
01: Like a Science Fiction Novel, Apple reveals how Your Personal Driving Profile will Control your Autonomous Car
02: Apple Granted 40 Patents Today Covering Stretchable Displays for iDevices and Smart Clothing, Gaze Controls & more
03: Apple Granted Two Major Apple Pencil Patents for iPad Pro
04: Apple Sued for allegedly using a Company’s Patented ‘Lead-Free Solders’ Technology in all of their Major Products
This Week Apple added new coverage for ‘iWork’ in China and the U.S. and for icons related to Podcast (#304605688) and iOS ‘Pages’ in China (#304600089).
Apple had quietly updated their Pages icon in late March of this year from a writing pen to Apple Pencil as shown above.
Apple filed for their new iOS ‘Pages’ icon under International Class 9 which covers “computer software for use in word processing, electronic mail, desktop publishing, image editing, graphics creation and editing, drawing, computer aided design and drafting; Computers; computer hardware; handheld computers; tablet computers; telecommunications apparatus and instruments; telephones; mobile telephones; smartphones; wireless communication devices for the transmission of voice, data ” and more.
Is Apple legally preparing to use Apple Pencil with iOS Pages on an iPhone in the future? Yes, though at this time it’s unknown if Apple will actually follow through with this feature. However, patents such as this one would strongly suggest that Apple is definitely working on making this happen at some point in the future.
Apple’s iWork was certified as a registered trademark in 2008 (#3,392,787) which was protected under International Class 09 with this verbiage: “Office suite computer software, namely, software for creating spreadshetts, tables, graphs, and charts, and for organizing and analyzing data; computer sofware for creation and display of presentations including text and graphics.
This week Apple filed for iWork adding International Class 042 that carries the following verbiage:
“application service provider (ASP) services featuring computer software to enable uploading, posting, showing, displaying, sharing, editing, or otherwise providing electronic media, data, or information over the Internet or other communications network; software as a service (SAAS) featuring computer software to enable uploading, posting, showing, displaying, sharing, editing, or otherwise providing electronic media, data, or information over the Internet or other communications network; providing temporary use of on-line non-downloadable software for viewing, annotating, storing, editing, downloading and distributing electronic files, images, audio, video, data, and documents, and for communication and collaboration via computer networks.”
In 2017 Apple filed for the ‘Apple Podcast’ trademark (#87635699) and covered it under the single International Class 41. Apple’s trademark filing in China this week for the Podcast Icon, as noted below, now extends coverage to Classes 9 (for all manner of hardware) and Class 38 covering telecommunications and broadcasting including pay-per-view broadcasting.
Some of the more Popular Reports this Week
While this was a slow summer news week for meaty Apple news, there were a few interesting Apple and general industry news stories worth noting.
01: Apple’s App Store Double’s Google Play’s Profits with Less than Half as many Downloads
02: At the End of the Day: Corning Introduces Gorilla Glass 6, Intel Turns 50 & Samsung Foolishly Mocks iPhone X
03: Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Twitter Bang the Drum in Unison for the Data Transfer Project that Nears Completion
04: The iPhone Photography Awards (IPPAWARDS) Announced
05: Google was hit with a €4.34 billion Fine for ‘Android’ OS Breaching EU Antitrust Rules
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