Four XNOR.AI Trademarks covering Yolo Tools for real time object detection have officially been transferred to Apple
This week the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) listed four XNOR.AI Registered Trademarks that were officially transferred to Apple Inc. All of the trademarks were originally filed for in 2018 and registered in 2019. Apple acquired XNOR.AI in mid-January 2020.
None of USPTO's four transfer documents made public list the official date that the transfer took place. Below is one example of a transfer form in-part highlighting the transfer was made and completed. The official date of the transfer however, is not shown anywhere on any of the public documents.
A Series of Four Registered Trademarks Transferred to Apple Inc.
This week the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published the transfer of four XNOR.AI registered trademarks to Apple that include: YOLOV2; YOLOV3; YOLO9000; and TINY YOLO as presented below. The actual registered trademark certificates have yet to be republished with Apple Inc. shown as owner.
All four registered trademarks have officially been transferred to Apple. The original trademarks were all filed under International Class 9 covering the following verbiage: "Computer software for use in real time object detection; computer vision software, namely software for image and signal processing, object detection, tracking, and recognition, three-dimensional reconstruction and motion analysis."
Whether Apple will be introducing the XNOR.AI software tools to developers at WWDC20 or keeping them strictly internally is unknown at this time.
Our cover graphic came from GeekWire's January 2020 report titled "What Apple’s Xnor.ai deal says about its ambitions for privacy, battery life, and artificial intelligence."
For the record, The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has the full company name being XNOR.AI in all caps.