HearPod Sues Apple for Trademark Infringement Over Its EarPods

Posted April 2, 2013 at 3:01pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 8797 views

Randolph Divisions, the company the makes the HearPod hearing aid, is suing Apple for trademark infringement over its EarPods, reports TNW.

The lawsuit, filed last week in the Hawaii District Court in Honolulu, revolves around the ‘HearPod’ trademark Randolph Divisions successfully registered back in late 2007. In the suit, Randolph Divisions alleges that Apple infringes on said trademark with its EarPods line of earbuds.

The Apple EarPods debuted on September 12, 2012 and shipped with the iPhone 5. You can check out the introductory video here.

Notably, Randolph Divisions owns the trademark for HearPod registered in Class 10 (Medical, Dental Instruments and Apparatus). Apple also owns the trademark for EarPod registered in Class 09(Computers, Software, Electronic instruments, & Scientific appliances). Although similar, it seems unlikely that customers will legitimately confuse a hearing aid with iPhone headphones. However, Randolph Divisions does own earpod.com.

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dada - April 3, 2013 at 3:57am
Do you want cheap advertisement? Sue Apple for ridiculous reason et voila!
TC - April 3, 2013 at 4:21pm
Not only did apple steal a name they also stole the "earpod" shape from Phillips.
Nuck Chorris - April 4, 2013 at 2:38am
You think that a company protecting intellectual property is ridiculous? You would lose your mind if some other company came up with a phone and named it iphone.
Nick - April 2, 2013 at 6:52pm
Lawsuits like this should get thrown out of court before they waste people's time and money, this is ridiculous
PEBKAC - April 2, 2013 at 10:35pm
Pot.Kettle.Black.Rounded Corner.Rectangular Shape
Jtmaxo - April 2, 2013 at 5:37pm
Just bunch of bla bla blah
heapod killer - April 2, 2013 at 4:17pm
nuisance fck hearpod sht
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