On October 20, the Patent & Trademark Office in China published Apple's latest trademark application for the word "Bumper" associated with the iPhone's rubber bumper casing under application 301738837. Apple has filed their trademark under two International Classes covering sleeves, covers and cases in addition to calling and credit card cases for mobile phones and more. The iPhone 4 Bumper case was in the news over the summer as it was part of a special program. If you had purchased an iPhone 4 before September 30, 2010, you got one for free due to the so-called antenna problem.
Apple's Trademark Application In-Part
Apple Trademark: International Class Details
International Class 009: Bags, cases, covers, sleeves, sheaths, and pouches for computers, mobile telephones, handheld mobile digital electronic devices, media players, personal digital assistants, global positioning system (GPS) devices, electronic organizers and electronic notepads; computers, computer peripheral devices, computer terminals; computer hardware; computer gaming machines, microprocessors, memory boards, monitors, displays, keyboards, cables, modems, printers, disk drives, adapters, adapter cards, connectors and drivers; blank computer storage media; magnetic data carriers; computer software and firmware, namely, operating system programs, data synchronization programs, and application development tool programs for personal and handheld computers; pre-recorded computer programs for personal information management, database management software, character recognition software, telephony management software, electronic mail and messaging software, paging software, mobile telephone software; database synchronization software, computer programs for accessing, browsing and searching online databases, computer hardware and software for providing integrated telephone communication with computerized global information networks; handheld digital electronic devices and software related thereto; MP3 and other digital format audio players; hand held computers, tablet computers, personal digital assistants, electronic organizers, electronic notepads; mobile digital electronic devices, global positioning system (GPS) devices, telephones; handheld and mobile digital electronic devices for the sending and receiving of telephone calls, faxes, electronic mail, and other digital data; cordless telephones; mobile telephones; parts and accessories for mobile telephones; facsimile machines, answering machines, cameras, videophones, telephone-based information retrieval software and hardware; electronic handheld units for the wireless receipt, storage and/or transmission of data and messages, and electronic devices that enable the user to keep track of or manage personal information; electronic communication equipment and instruments; telecommunications apparatus and instruments; computer software for the redirection of messages, Internet e-mail, and/or other data to one or more electronic handheld devices from a data store on or associated with a personal computer or a server; computer software for the synchronization of data between a remote station or device and a fixed or remote station or device; fonts, typefaces, type designs and symbols in the form of recorded data; chips, discs and tapes bearing or for recording computer programs and software; random access memory, read only memory; solid state memory apparatus; computer and electronic games; computer equipment for use with any of the aforesaid goods; electronic apparatus with multimedia functions for use with any of the aforesaid goods; electronic apparatus with interactive functions for use with any of the aforesaid goods; accessories, parts, fittings, and testing apparatus for all the aforementioned goods; user manuals in electronically readable, machine readable or computer readable form for use with, and sold as a unit with, all the aforementioned goods; apparatus for data storage; hard drives; miniature hard disk drive storage units; pre-recorded vinyl records, audio tapes, audio-video tapes, audio video cassettes, audio video discs; audio tapes (all being sold together with booklets); CD-ROMs; digital versatile discs; mouse pads; batteries; rechargeable batteries; chargers; chargers for electric batteries; headphones; stereo headphones; in-ear headphones; stereo speakers; audio speakers; audio speakers for home; monitor speakers; speakers for computers; personal stereo speaker apparatus; radio receivers, amplifiers, sound recording and reproducing apparatus, electric phonographs, record players, high fidelity stereo apparatus, tape recorders and reproducing apparatus, loudspeakers, multiple speaker units, microphones; digital audio and video devices; audio cassette recorders and players, video cassette recorders and players, compact disc players, digital versatile disc recorders and players, digital audio tape recorders and players; digital music and/or video players; radios; video cameras; audio, video, and digital mixers; radio transmitters; car audio apparatus; parts and fittings for all the aforesaid goods.
International Class 018: Cases; attaché cases; business card cases; business cases; calling card cases; catalog cases; credit card cases; document cases; key cases; train cases; overnight cases; cases, namely, vanity, toiletry, cosmetic and lipstick cases sold empty; bags; all purpose sports and athletic bags; beach bags; book bags; carry-on bags; cosmetic bags sold empty; duffel bags; garment bags for travel; leather and mesh shopping bags; overnight bags; school bags; school book bags; shoe bags for travel; shoulder bags; souvenir bags; suit bags; tote bags; travel bags; wallets; purses; credit card holders.
Apple asserts a claim of priority based on Jamaican application number 55559, filed April 2010.
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The Trademark Office in China referred to in this report is officially known as the Intellectual Property Department, the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.