Thursday, January 12, 2006

Looks Like Someone's Paying Attention to PTO Filings... Reuters reports that "Apple files 'Mobile Me' as US trademark." From the article: "Apple Computer Inc. has filed to trademark the phrase 'Mobile Me' for use in a wide range of businesses, furthering speculation it could introduce an iPod phone." Which raises the question: Is it legitimate to file for a range of goods and services than is wider than those for which you intend to use the mark in order to throw reporters off the scent? Or does the requirement that the applicant have a bona fide intent to use the mark in connection with all goods and services in the application prohibit such conduct? (Not that I know this is what Apple did.)

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