After filing for the "CarPlay" trademark in China yesterday, Apple has now filed for this trademark in both the US and Europe under various International Classes for protection. For those unfamiliar with the "CarPlay" brand name, it's a standard developed by Apple to allow devices running the iOS operating system to function with built-in display units of automobile dashboards. CarPlay is available for all iPhones that use the Lightning connector and operate iOS 7.1 or later. While originally unveiled as "iOS in the Car" during the opening keynote of Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on June 10, 2013, it was later formally renamed CarPlay on launching to the public on March 3, 2014, at the Geneva Motor Show. Report Updated August 16, 2014.
Apple's Trademark Application In-Part for "CarPlay"
According to US Patent and Trademark Office's documentation, the trademark was filed under International Class 009 which cover the following:
"International Class 009: Computers; computer peripheral devices; computer hardware; handheld digital electronic devices and software related thereto; radios, radio transmitters, and receivers; audio receivers; car audio apparatus; earphones, headphones; audio speakers; microphones; audio components and accessories; electronic communication equipment and instruments; global positioning system (GPS) devices; telephones; wireless communication devices for voice, data or image transmission; computer software; global positioning system (GPS) computer software; computer software for travel and tourism, travel planning, navigation, travel route planning, geographic, destination, transportation and traffic information, driving and walking directions, customized mapping of locations, street atlas information, electronic map display, and destination information; computer software for use in transmitting, manipulating, and reviewing text, data, audio files and video files in connection with telephones, and handheld digital electronic devices; character recognition software; voice recognition software; electronic mail and messaging software; navigational instruments."
In Europe, Apple added the following International Classes:
International Class 012: Vehicles; apparatus for locomotion by land, air or water; consoles being parts of vehicle interiors; dashboards; automotive interior trim and interior trim parts of automobiles; anti-theft devices for vehicles; anti-theft alarms for vehicles; bicycles; golf carts; wheel chairs; air pumps being vehicle accessories; motor cycles; parts for all the aforesaid goods
International Class 039: GPS navigation services; travel and tourism information and guide services; travel route planning; transportation and traffic information; transportation services; providing a web site and an online searchable computer database with travel, tourism, geographic, and destination information, maps, travel route planning, transportation, and traffic information, and driving and walking directions; providing interactive maps; electronic storage of data, text, images, audio, and video; storage services for archiving electronic data; information and consultation in connection therewith.
The European's version of International Class 009 matched that which was used in China yesterday, which is a much broader version. Apple's European filing is noted below.
Whether Apple has dealt with CarPlay Enterprises, LLC's Carplay Trademark in both the US and Europe for this trademark, or if that was a shell company of Apple's is still unknown.
Report Updated August 16, 2014: Apple's CarPlay trademark, excluding the logo, was published on this date under number 86364433. It was filed under the same International Class as noted above for the CarPlay logo.
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