Apple First Publicly Filed the 'HomePod' Trademark in Canada which Covers a Connection to the Smart Home
Apple filed for their new 'HomePod' speaker trademark in Canada the very day that it was announced on June fifth. As usual Apple filed HomePod under the stylized version and another in block letters or caps (#1840940). Apple's filing was made under International Class 09. Apple's filing of course covers such things as audio speakers; audio amplifiers and receivers; music digital audio players and recorders; sound recording and reproducing apparatus," but it also covers "controlling and monitoring consumer electronics devices, lighting, appliances, thermostats, heating and air conditioning systems, alarm and home security and surveillance systems, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors," and more.
While this is the first 'Public' filing that we've seen, the fact is that Apple originally and secretively filed it in Liechtenstein earlier in May. Liechtenstein is a tiny little country that sits between Austria and Switzerland. I say little because it only has a population of 37,000 according to Wikipedia. That's a spec in the universe. I guess unless the officials over at their patent office actually know you by name as a citizen, you're never going to get access to Apple's many secrets locked in their vaults (ha!).
Apple filed HomePod under International Class 09 in Canada as noted in full below:
"Audio speakers; audio amplifiers and receivers; music digital audio players and recorders; sound recording and reproducing apparatus; microphones; voice recording apparatuses, namely, digital voice recorders; voice recording and recognition apparatuses, namely, microphones for receiving voice data; radios, radio transmitters, and radio receivers; wireless communication devices for voice or data transmission; digital audio and digital video players and recorders; wireless communication devices for the transmission of voice, data, images, audio, video, and multimedia content; computer hardware for playing, organizing, downloading, transmitting, manipulating and reviewing audio files and media files; electronic devices capable of providing access to the Internet and for the sending, receiving, and storing of telephone calls, electronic mail, and other digital data; voice-controlled smart audio speakers with virtual personal assistant capabilities; personal digital assistant; electronic voice command and recognition and remote control apparatus and devices for controlling and monitoring consumer electronics devices, lighting, appliances, thermostats, heating and air conditioning systems, alarm and home security and surveillance systems, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, door and window locks and latches, and home automation systems; network communication apparatus; remote controls; accessories for smart audio speakers."