The US Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's latest trademark application for "iChat." The new filing updates the underlying International Class foundation for iChat so as to better protect it going forward. Then again, going forward may have a limited life span. Apple's new "Messages" Beta is now available for download which when installed, replaces iChat. Although Apple states that "iChat will continue to work" on certain OS versions right up to OS X Lion, it won't for those upgrading to the next iteration of OS X dubbed "Mountain Lion" that's due to be released this summer. But until iChat finally fades into the sunset, Apple wants it better protected.
Apple's Trademark Application In-Part
Apple has filed for the iChat trademark under new and clarified International Classes. The first class is International Class 009 which is to specifically cover computer software for communications via global and local computer networks; computer software for transmission of text, images, audio and video. The second is International Class 038 which is to replace the current 042, covers communication services, namely, transmission of text, images, audio and video.
The standing iChat trademark is currently covered by International Class 009 without specificity, though the class generally covers electrical and scientific apparatus. The second International Class 042 that's listed covers computer, scientific & legal - Scientific and technological services and research and design relating thereto: industrial analysis and research services; design and development of computer hardware and software; and finally legal services.
A Little iChat History
The US Patent and Trademark Office's Retrieval System indicates that iChat was originally registered to iChat, Inc. (Delaware Corporation) in Texas under number 2,096,799 on September 16, 1997. The assignment to Apple took place in May 28, 2002 as is noted in the lower graphic below.
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