US Patent and Trademark Office Rejects Apple's Touch ID Trademark

US Patent and Trademark Office Rejects Apple's Touch ID Trademark

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Today, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published a letter to Apple refusing their trademark application for Touch ID. According to the letter, Kronos Inc currently has rights to the 'Kronos Touch ID' trademark.

USPTO states that "Trademark Act Section 2(d) bars registration of an applied-for mark that so resembles a registered mark that it is likely that a potential consumer would be confused or mistaken or deceived as to the source of the goods and/or services of the applicant and registrant.

In this case, the following factors are the most relevant: similarity of the marks, similarity of the goods and/or services, and similarity of trade channels of the goods and/or services.


The USPTO argued that a simply deletion of a word -- Kronos-- will not be sufficient for Apple to overcome confusion with the Touch ID name. Apple now has six months to either fix their fingerprint trademark on Touch ID (which would likely require renaming the feature) or make Kronos an offer that they can't refuse.

Analysts and Rumors point to Touch ID being a major aspect of its iOS lineup in the future, so it will be interesting to see how Apple moves forward.

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US Patent and Trademark Office Rejects Apple's Touch ID Trademark
m[o][0]m - July 16, 2014 at 4:55am
It all comes down to money. No matter what you want, if you don't have the money for it don't think about it. Apple will get it eventually.
Za - July 15, 2014 at 2:25am
Kronos makes time clocks. Instead of punching in, employees scan their finger. Thankfully, the USPTO protected consumers from confusing a phone with a time clock at the automobile assembly plant. Whew! I'm glad that's over with. Now I won't mistakenly be confusing my iPhone and my time clock!
Fukran John - July 15, 2014 at 2:20am
lol lol lol. This is what happens when you steal something and trying to make it yours. Crapple have done this earlier ( Ofcourse still doing and will do ) and got away with some (in fact most of them, and ya we all know "trade mark committee" playing big role in it. ) at last truth coming out, you can't hide your iSteal forever iCrapple. Now let's buy them out and make it ours as we always do. Kudos to iSheeps for supporting iTheves. lol
Fukscrawn John - July 15, 2014 at 2:24am
LAWL LAWL LAWL This is what gullible jokes expect when they assume shit and trying to fool every innocent. Fukjohn-fukscrawn is still at its finest. (Always doing what he takes to be brainwashed) and still trying hard as Fck. The last bean spewing is not even close, you can't cover your wannabe identity forever sFukscrawn. Now let's judge only when you see the word copy even when you don't know what it is like you always have been, congrats to sShits for worshipping sDumps. LAWLAWLAWLAWL
joj0 - July 15, 2014 at 8:40am
Steal? Since when is buying and funding considered stealing? They Bought a company that had a working fingerprint scanner and they pumped lots of money in that project so they could take the fingerprint scanner and make it better and more inportant, smaller so it could fit in a phone. You should not bash things if you don't have your facts straight.. it makes you look stupid.
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