Apple has filed an application with the US Patent and Trademark office for a trademark on the term "Live Listen", perhaps providing a hint about a capability of the iTunes Radio feature in the soon-to-be-released iOS 7. Apple's USPTO filing for "Live Listen" (click to enlarge) The trademark application was filed on August 7 …
That's because of accessibility limitations
They had to trademark "Live Listen", since they can't be sure that zombies are coordinated enough to use a phone. Otherwise they would have simply used "Listen", or, if they wanted to target that consumer subset, "Zombie Listen".
"Listen" is very descriptive for these two classes (9 & 10). Are Apple really suggesting that nobody else needs to 'listen' to their voicemails? Or are they suggesting that other companies don't need to market the ability for you to 'listen' to your internet radio, voicemails, MP3s etc. (let alone 'listen'ing to a hearing aid...)
I think this one is a slam dunk on the appeals - even if it gets through application.
It's a trademark application not a patent application.
Re: a trademark application not a patent application.
And this by you means it's ok?
Trademarks should NEVER, EVER be regular words from the language we use every day. And I don't give a damn how well greased the political palms were that modified the law.
El Reg expenses budget looking a little low?
I would have thought following up on that Trademark application would have been a perfect excuse for a junket over the summer...
Why can't Apple just put a good old fashioned radio tuner into their handsets?
It's not as if there aren't the radio circuits already in the device. And it's not as if Apple aren't doing it because they won't pay any relevant patent fees since patents don't normally stop them.
"visit the 3rd Floor of the Registration House, 72-74 South Quay, ask to see application 46445, filed on February 7 of this year, and let us know what you find?"
Just popped down and apparently that specific trademark registration is in a the basement. Guarded by a leopard. And the lights don't work.
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