In March we reported that US Magistrate Judge Elizabeth Laporte has ordered Apple and Amazon to convene on March 21 with their respective legal teams to settle the former's trademark infringement suit against the latter over its use of the term "app store." If not, the trial will begin in August. Well it's May and so off to court they go as there's been no news of a settlement. At one point Nokia and Microsoft were opposing the same trademark as well. Back in 2011 RIM made it known that they were opposed to Apple's WebKit Trademark and lost. And over the years the Android crowd have screamed bloody murder over various trademarks that Apple has tried to trademark, ranting that Apple had no right to trademark simple English words. Well, what will these very same Androiders now say when they discover that their beloved Google is doing the very same thing?
Google Files for Hangouts and Hangouts on Air Trademarks
Google's "Hangouts On Air" trademark application was filed today under number 85916384 and the other "Hangouts" trademark application was filed on April 26, though published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office.
Other Recent Google Trademarks Cover Words like Field Trip and Wildfire
It's clear by the US Patent and Trademark Office database entries for Google that you see above, that they're trying to trademark everyday words like wildfire and field trip on an ongoing basis. The above graphic only illustrates Google's entries for the last 30 days.
I personally don't care what Google tries to trademark or what trademarks they end up being granted. That's every business and they're playing by the rules in applying for a legal trademark. They may gain these trademarks or not depending on how it all plays out with the trademark examiners.
But young angry Androiders who think that Apple is so evil for trying to trademark English words like "App Store," should now take note that their beloved Google does the very same thing on an ongoing basis.
So to the constantly angry Androiders on the net everywhere I say: the next time that your zombie mind tells you to rant about Apple trademarking English Words, look in the mirror and begin arguing with yourself. Please, do us all a favor.
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Update May 05, 2013: Google Files a trademark for "Blink" under USPTO number 85917553