On March 15, 2011, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office finally published five trademark applications that Apple had filed for earlier in the month. The applications cover two formal trademarks for "Smart Instruments" and "Touch Instruments." Additionally, Apple has applied for three Smart Instrument Icons including "guitar," "bass" and "keyboard." The filings cover a comprehensive if not sweeping list of product protections under wares and services. Notably, Apple has included "Toys" as a breakout category. In context, you have to wonder if Apple is eyeing the gaming and/or toy markets for a future game or app to compete with the likes of Guitar Hero and/or the new Guitarsmith. It would make for a great Christmas gift to go along with that shiny new iPad under the tree, wouldn't you agree? Time will tell. Updated August 9, 2011 with US filing information.
Apple's "Touch Instruments" Trademark Application In-Part
Apple has filed for five trademarks under numbers 1517556/57/58/59/61. Two of the trademark applications in-part for "Touch Instruments" and "Smart Instruments" are presented below for the purpose of verification.
Apple's "Smart Instruments" Trademark Application In-Part
Smart Instrument Icons
Apple has initially applied for three Smart Instruments icon trademarks covering the smart guitar, keyboard and bass. We may see the smart drums icon applied for in the not too distant future if not others such a tambourine for instance. Do you have any ideas for future touch instruments for the iPad? Let us know by adding a comment in our comments area below.
Update March 17, 2011: Apple's trademark application 1517562 for "Smart Drums" has been officially made public on the Canadian Intellectual Property's database just one day after the initial three smart instrument icons appeared. The numeric system would indicate that we could still see one more smart instrument icon appear in the near future covering application 1517560 which is missing from the numeric allotment as originally noted.
Update August 5, 2011: Apple has filed for both "Smart Instruments" and "Touch Instruments" under applications 010176428 and 010176394 in Europe. They filed both under International Classes 9, 15 and 28.
Updated Aug 9, 2011: Apple has filed for both Smart and Touch Instruments under applications 85388851 and 85388869 respectively. Both were filed under the single International Class 9.
Apple Trademark Classification Details
Wares: Applicable to all Noted Trademarks in this Report
One: 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; computer software for authoring, downloading, transmitting, receiving, editing, extracting, encoding, decoding, displaying, storing and organizing text, graphics, images, and electronic publications; computer software for music composition, music recording and music mixing; computer software for use in recording, organizing, transmitting, manipulating, and reviewing text, data, audio files, video files, electronic publications, and electronic games; computer software to enable users to program and distribute audio, video, text and other multimedia content via communications networks; computer software used to create, capture, edit, and playback audio and video content; computer software for the creation, delivery, editing and viewing of digital media, namely, video, sound, animation, graphics, text, music and virtual reality; computer software for browsing the contents of a library of music or video files; computer software and firmware, namely, operating system programs, data synchronization programs, and application development tool programs for personal and handheld computers; computer hardware and software for providing integrated telephone communication with computerized global information networks; 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 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; downloadable electronic publications in the nature of books, plays, pamphlets, brochures, newsletters, journals, magazines, and periodicals on a wide range of topics of general interest; 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; 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; 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; audio video discs, CD-ROMs, and 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; computer equipment for use with all of the aforesaid goods; electronic apparatus with multimedia functions for use with all of the aforesaid goods; electronic apparatus with interactive functions for use with all of the aforesaid goods; accessories, parts, fittings, and testing apparatus for all of the aforesaid goods; parts and fittings for all the aforesaid goods; covers, bags and cases adapted or shaped to contain all of the aforesaid goods, made of leather, imitations of leather, cloth, or textile materials.
Two: Musical instruments; electric and electronic musical instruments; electronic pianos, electronic musical keyboards; electric or electronic percussion instruments; music and sound synthesizers; sound effect pedals for musical instruments; musical instruments controlled by computer software; electronically operated musical apparatus; musical instruments controlled by computer; carrying bags for musical instruments; cases for musical instruments.
Three: Toys; games and playthings; playing cards; electronic hand-held game units; musical toys, games and playthings; toy audio apparatus; toy musical boxes; toy musical instruments; toy record players for playing tunes and cassettes; musical games; battery operated toys; electronic toys; electric computer games, other than those adapted for use with television receivers; electrical and electronic amusement apparatus (automatic, coin/counter freed); electronic games being automatic, coin-freed or counter-freed (other than those adapted for use with television receivers); hand-held electronic games and apparatus (other than those adapted for use with television receiver only); video games other than those adapted for use with television receivers only; automatic and coin-operated amusement machines; computer game apparatus other than coin operated or those adapted for use with television receivers; video output toys and games; electronically operated toys; interactive computer toys and games; musical toys and games; stand alone video game machines incorporating a means of display; toy handheld electronic devices; toy computers (not working); toy mobile telephones (not working); parts and fittings for all the aforesaid goods.
Services: Applicable to "Touch" and "Smart Instruments" Trademarks Only
One: Educational and entertainment services; sporting and cultural activities; computer-based and computer-assisted educational, teaching, and training services; digital imaging services; entertainment and educational services, namely, providing text, video, audio, and multimedia materials; entertainment services, namely, providing computer games; entertainment and educational services, namely, providing electronic books, magazines, newspapers, journals, periodicals, and other publications; entertainment and educational services, namely, providing information, databases, directories, and podcasts in the fields of entertainment, advertising, news, current events, history, sports, games, the media, cultural events and activities, hobbies, publications, technology, and other topics; entertainment and educational services, namely, live performances, sporting events, cultural events, and lectures; entertainment and education services, namely, organizing and conducting exhibitions, displays, exhibits, workshops, seminars, training, and conferences; entertainment services, namely, arranging and conducting of concerts and live musical performances; entertainment services, namely, providing prerecorded audio and audiovisual content, information and commentary on-line in the fields of music, music videos, movies, television programs, current events, sports, games, cultural events, and entertainment-related programs via a global computer network; providing a web site and database featuring music, music videos, movies, television programs, motion pictures, current events, sports, games, cultural events, and entertainment-related programs; information, advisory and consultancy services relating to all the aforesaid.
Two: Application service provider (ASP) services featuring computer software; application service provider (ASP) services featuring software for authoring, downloading, transmitting, receiving, editing, extracting, encoding, decoding, displaying, storing and organizing text, graphics, images, and electronic publications; application service provider (ASP) services featuring software for music composition, music recording and music mixing; application service provider (ASP) services featuring software for use in recording, organizing, transmitting, manipulating, and reviewing text, data, audio files, video files, electronic publications, and electronic games; application service provider (ASP) services featuring software to enable users to program and distribute audio, video, text and other multimedia content via communications networks; application service provider (ASP) services featuring software used to create, capture, edit, and playback audio and video content; application service provider (ASP) services featuring software for the creation, delivery, editing and viewing of digital media, namely, video, sound, animation, graphics, text, music and virtual reality; application service provider (ASP) services featuring software for browsing the contents of a library of music or video files; scientific and technological services and research and design relating thereto; industrial analysis and research services; design and development of computer hardware and software; computer hardware and software consulting services; rental of computer hardware and software apparatus and equipment; multimedia and audio-visual software consulting services; computer programming; support and consultation services for developing computer systems, databases and applications; graphic design for the compilation of web pages on the Internet; information relating to computer hardware or software provided on-line from a global computer network or the Internet; creating and maintaining web-sites; hosting the web-sites of others; providing search engines for obtaining data via communications networks; application service provider (ASP) services featuring software for use in connection with online music subscription service, software that enables users to play and program music and entertainment-related audio, video, text and multimedia content, and software featuring musical sound recordings, entertainment-related audio, video, text and multimedia content; providing temporary internet access to use on-line non-downloadable software to enable users to program audio, video, text and other multimedia content, including music, concerts, videos, radio, television, news, sports, games, cultural events, and entertainment-related programs; providing search engines for obtaining data on a global computer network; information, advisory and consultancy services relating to all the aforesaid; operating search engines; computer consulting and support services for scanning information into computer discs; creating indexes of online information, sites and other resources available on global computer networks for others; providing user access to the Internet (service providers); online social networking services; providing a social networking website.
Apple notes that the Priority Filing was made in Jamaica under applications 57423 for wares and 57491 for services on February 04, 2011.
Question of the Day
Do you think that Apple should create a music game for the iPad like Guitar Hero?
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