Apple Facing Another Trademark Dispute for its Newest Products
Published on: 5th Jun 2014
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Apple is facing another trademark problem with one of its products after an Australian firm expressed surprised following this week's launch by Apple of its HealthKit product.
The problem being that there is an Australian firm of the same name, offering essentially a fairly similar service already.
In a blog post, the CEO of the Australian firm said he first heard of the issue when he received an email the morning after the Apple launch asking if his company had done a trademark deal with Apple.
As he puts it: "Even the way they write it is the same as us. I'm flattered that they like our name so much and that it's a ringing endorsement for our market opportunity (which we already knew)."
He added though that he feels let down by the company, which could have easily done a simple domain name or trademark search before launching its product.
He hasn't said what, if any action the company will take against Apple, but he had publicly called on Apple to respond to the issue.
It's not the first time that Apple has had problems with trademarks, as it has had to settle iPhone and iPad trademark disputes in a number of countries, and had to sign a quick license with the Swiss railway after using its iconic clock design in the iOS software.
On the web: HealthKit