On December 13, 2012, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a notice sent to Apple that basically denies them the rights to "Launchpad." This is Apple's second attempt at convincing the government agency of approving this trademark. The examiner notes that Apple hasn't provided "any new or compelling evidence," that would allow them to register the trademark. Back to the drawing table Apple Legal goes, as they still have a small window of opportunity remaining to seal the deal. A Major Update was added to thei report December 15, 2012
USPTO Database: Many Companies Own the Launchpad Trademark
Updated Dec. 15, 2012: For the record, the US Patent and Trademark database actually list many companies that own the "Launchpad" trademark.
Although it may seem odd that many companies have Launchpad as a registered trademark, it may very well boil down to the International Class that the trademark was originally filed under. For instance, Coburn Technologies registered their trademark for Launchpad under International Class 009 for "pads for polishing ophthalmic lenses," whereas Canonical Limited (related to Ubuntu software) owns a registered trademark filed under International Class 042 for "Licensing Computer Software."
Apple's trademark application for "Launchpad" was originally filed for under International Class 009 specifically for "Computer operating system software; graphical user interface software."
Every company having the registered trademark "Launchpad," has it for distinct reasons linked to the International Class it was filed under. Apple's description is very different from Ubuntu and the USPTO examiner has simply stated that Apple has failed to provide them with evidence as to why Apple should be granted the trademark. It didn't deny Apple the trademark due to prior ownership issues.
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