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Apple Gives Up on 'POD' Trademark Application

Apple Gives Up on 'POD' Trademark Application

Apple has given up on trying to trademark the term "POD" in Canada, the site Patently Apple said on Monday. PA added in the comments below the story that it feels that the abandonment of the trademark quest in Canada is just a reflection of Apple abandoning the quest worldwide.

Apple first filed the trademark application in July 29, 2004. The Canadian IP Office said that the trademark was abandoned on April 13, 2011. PA showed off a long list of responses by Apple to the Canadian IP office, in an attempt to appease the office, but to no avail.

To be clear, this does not affect Apple's iPod trademark. It should put a halt to such things as suing a company over something called the Profit Pod (in 2006, shown above). The Profit Pod could in no way be confused with an iPod; it was a product that made it easier for arcades to figure out how many of those tickets that you trade in for those “valuable” prizes have been spit out by a game.  Of course, the product still exists, so somewhere in between the companies came to an agreement or Apple came to its senses.
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Good, now if only we can stop letting them patent every thing they can think of in the united states.

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The fact that they were trying to trademark a word in the dictionary is insane. Personally I think they should only be able to trademark company names and brand names. I also agree we need to stop letting companies patent everything they can think of, also I think there needs to be more stipulations that come with a patent about licensing etc.

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Good, the whole trademarking/patenting this is way out of hand.

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Apple should patent the phrase "we have a patent for that"

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"Apple came to its senses" - is that possible, at least with regards to Apple and its patent/lawsuit happy lawyers?

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How Samsung can truly piss off Apple, release the Samsung POD now.

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