USPTO denies “Multi-touch” trademark to Apple after 5 long years of failed attempts to register


We know this isn’t a Android-based article but we found it interesting to read. The day Apple launched its first IPhone, the company filed an application for the “multi-touch” term to acquire a trademark registration over it, this was happening back in January 9th, 2007.

Ever since that day Apple kept trying until today to register it, but unfortunately for them the decision handed down by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to Apple, in which its stated that the application for a trademark on “multi-touch” is denied.

One of trademark attorney pointed out and we quote “Thus, from the foregoing, we find that “multi-touch” not only identifies the technology, but also describes how a user of the goods operates the device. Based on the evidence discussed above, as well as other evidence in the record, we agree with the examining attorney that MULTI-TOUCH indeed is highly descriptive of a feature of the identified goods. We now consider whether applicant has submitted sufficient evidence to establish acquired distinctiveness of this highly descriptive term.”

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