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12.10.2006 available in germanavailable in english

Trademark News

Apple wants to forbid the use of ‘Podcast’ Trademarks

The American provider of podcasting services, Podcast Ready Inc, is threatening a trademark dispute with Apple. The computer company has demanded that the software company stops using the phrases ‘myPodder’ and ‘Podcast Ready’ any longer  even in a qualified way, and withdraws applications for similarly-named trademarks for electronic equipment. Apple perceives its trademark rights  to the designations ‘Pod’ and ‘iPod’,  which are protected in numerous countries,  to be infringed  and maintain  that Podcast Ready had consciously chosen the name in order to profit from the positive image of Apple’s trademark.  

The ‘myPodder’ software offered by Podcast Ready allows the direct  playback of audio and video files  from the Net on mobile  playback machines, including the iPod. In its initial reaction, the company declared itself to be surprised. Trademark protection for designations like ‘iPod’ and ‘Pod’ are well-known. The trademarks ‘myPodder’ and ‘Podcast Ready’  definitely derive from the word ‘Podcasting’ which has come into its own as the general concept for online subscriptions of audio- and video films.

Now that Apple has laid a claim to this designation, criticism has been leveled at the computer manufacturer.  It recognizes certainly that ‘Podcast’ is a generic concept and that Apple therefore does not have anything fundamentally against the ‘apt’ use of the concept in trademarks for products or services in the podcasting area. But a more extensive use could certainly not be tolerated.

Podcast Ready is not the first provider to receive a warning from Apple.  Back in August, the computer maker send out cautions making reference to the protected designations ‘Pod’ and ‘iPod’  One of these went to TightPod, who produce  protection covers for laptops (as we have reported).

rmb / juk

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