Does Apple Own All Naming Rights To Any Electronic Device Named A Pod?
from the just-wondering dept
Apple has always been especially protective of their intellectual property — and when it comes to trademarks, the law pretty much requires you to be extra aggressive or you risk losing the protection. Unfortunately, this leads to plenty of cases where companies send out legal nastygrams when there is no real trademark violation. Nick Burns writes in to point out that: if you use “POD” in your product name, Apple may threaten you. In this case, it’s a device for keeping track of how many tickets or tokens have been won from silly arcade-style games — having little to nothing to do with the iPod name Apple is trying to protect. Of course, if this case actually went to court, Apple might have a difficult time proving any confusion. They’d better watch out, or the makers of the Profit Pod might just pull out the morons in a hurry test, Apple itself used in a recent trademark case. Assuming most morons in a hurry wouldn’t come close to confusing the Profit Pod with an iPod, it seems like Apple doesn’t have much to go on here.