Apple introduced 'Business Chat' during a WWDC 2017 session to get developers ready for its debut sometime in 2018. Business Chat is a powerful new way for businesses to connect with customers directly in Messages. With Business Chat, customers can connect with companies, have personalized conversations and even make purchases using Apple Pay. You can learn more about Business Chat here where you could check out presentation slides (PDF), a video of the introduction of this new feature and more. You could also check out a great overview published by Forbes here.
Apple filed for four trademarks covering Business Chat in the U.S. earlier this month and made public this morning. The basics of the trademarks are noted below:
Trademark application #87721768 was filed under International Class 9 which covers the following: "Computer software; downloadable pre-recorded audio, video and multimedia content."
Trademark application #87721788 was filed under International Class 35 which covers the following: "Business consulting services; advertising, marketing, and promotion services; advertising and marketing consultation; creating indexes of information, sites and other resources available on global computer networks and other electronic and communications networks for others; providing, searching, browsing and retrieving information, sites, and other resources available on global computer networks and other electronic and communications networks for others; organizing content of information provided over a global computer network and other electronic and communications networks according to user preferences; providing business, consumer, and commercial information over computer networks and global communication networks."
Trademark application #87721797 was filed under International Class 38 which covers the following: "Telecommunication services; transmission of data and of information by electronic means; delivery of messages by electronic transmission"
Trademark application #87721802 was filed under International Class 42 which covers the following: "Provision of Internet search engine services; design and development of computer hardware and software"
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