"Retina" is now a registered trademark

by frankl
7 replies
Apparantly Apple registered the word "Retina" as a trademark.

Isn't it silly to allow something like that?
#registered #retina #trademark
  • Profile picture of the author GuruGuna
    Well if fruits like Blackberry and Apple are allowed then Retina should be. Trademarks only restrict the word based on a collection of business services. Otherwise anyone else can use it.
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  • Profile picture of the author rsto95
    It depends. Last May Apple disputed and won the domain iPhone5.com from someone. I hear that they actually purchase the domain from the owners. When iCloud.com was purchased, it costed them $4.5 million. They also took iPods.com away by disputing through WIPO.

    If anything, Apple may dispute the domain and ask it be handed over to them. But since Retina is also an actual word, I can't see it being harmful to have in a domain name.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by frankl View Post

    Apparantly Apple registered the word "Retina" as a trademark.

    Isn't it silly to allow something like that?
    It doesn't stop everyone else from using the word, you know?

    Even in their marketing, and so on, as long as they're not competing with Apple's product, or the context of their specific rights. Trademarks don't cover entire usages of the word - they're limited to a specific context or contexts.

    Originally Posted by rsto95 View Post

    But since Retina is also an actual word, I can't see it being harmful to have in a domain name.
    That will depend on the context. It will be potentially harmful to have it in the url of something competing with their trademark, for sure. It won't stop eye surgeons from using the word, nor is it intended to. Facebook has sued people competing with them even for having the word "face" in a domain-name. (I think they lost, as it happens, but that isn't entirely the point).
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  • Profile picture of the author Ephrils
    I'm sure it doesn't apply exactly how it sounds like it would, but if textbooks had to pay to use the word "retina"?

    Some words should immune to being trademarked.

    I'm going to trademark "the" and make everyone pay me every time they use it
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by Ephrils View Post

      I'm going to trademark "the" and make everyone pay me every time they use it
      LOL, you're perhaps thinking more of copyright than of trademark, now, I think. And good luck with that!
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    • Profile picture of the author davezan
      Originally Posted by rsto95 View Post

      If anything, Apple may dispute the domain and ask it be handed over to them. But since Retina is also an actual word, I can't see it being harmful to have in a domain name.
      Except if used in the context of computers, mobile, or data, which is what their
      trademark is for.

      Originally Posted by Ephrils View Post

      Some words should immune to being trademarked.
      They actually are depending on context, as Alexa said. Descriptive, to be exact.
      (i.e. Apple as fruit, Shell as mollusk, Tide as waves, Retina as eye, etc.)

      Heck, we all see some other real-life examples in our own homes, supermarkets,
      everywhere else we all go. To the point of buying and using/consuming them.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tim3
    Guidelines for Using Apple Trademarks and Copyrights.

    I thought some folks might find this helpful... Straight from the horse's mouth. Apple - Legal - Copyright and Trademark Guidelines

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