Apple's iMessage was first introduced by Scott Forstall at their World Wide Developer Conference in June 2011. Then in February 2012, Apple announced that iMessage was going to replace iChat in OS X Mountain Lion. Today, the US Patent and Trademark Office officially granted Apple two Registered Trademarks for iMessage that were originally filed for in September 2011.
Apple's Registration Certificate for "iMessage"
Apple's iMessage certificates of registration are numbered 4,244,501 and /502 respectively covering different International Classes.
Apple's '501 Certificate was registered under class 009 which covers the following: "Computer software for the transmission of text, data, images, audio, and video by wireless communication networks and the Internet; computer software for electronic messaging and wireless digital messaging."
Apple's '502 Certificate was registered under class 038 which covers the following: "Communication services, namely, transmission of text, data, images, audio, and video by wireless communication networks and the Internet; electronic messaging and wireless digital messaging services; information, advisory and consultancy services relating to all the foregoing."
Apple's Fourth Trademark Filing Surfaces for "Passbook"
In other Apple IP news today, the US Patent and Trademark Office published Apple's third trademark filing for the "Passbook" icon under International Classification 035 which covers the following: " advertising, marketing, and promotion services; promoting the goods and services of others by providing coupons, tickets, passes, rebates, gift cards, gift certificates, discounts, special offers, and vouchers for the goods and services of others, and by distributing advertising material and providing information about the goods, services, events and activities of others; advertising and marketing services, namely, promoting the goods and services of others by providing links to the websites of others and enabling sales of gift cards and gift certificates of others."
Apple's first trademark filing for "Passbook" was published in Europe in September under International Classes 9, 35, 38, 39, 41, 42 and 43. That particular trademark filing was to cover the actual "Passbook" name. On October seventeenth Apple filed their first trademark for the Passbook icon followed by a second US filing on October twenty-ninth.
For those unfamiliar with Passbook, it's an application in iOS that allows users to store coupons, boarding passes, tickets, store cards and other forms of mobile payment. It was designed by Apple and announced at their 2012 Apple Worldwide Developers Conference held in June. The application was officially released with iOS 6 on September 19, 2012.
And lastly, Apple has filed for the iTunes icon Trademark in Hong Kong overnight. Apple's filing number 302439117 covers International Classification 009.
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