“On June 17, 2011, the US Patent & Trademark Office published documentation relating to the legal transfer of the ‘Airdrop’ trademark from Urban Airship to Apple,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.

“Urban Airship was only granted their certificate of registration last month which put a little pressure on Apple to acquire it, pronto,” Purcher reports. “On this same day, Patently Apple has discovered that Apple has filed applications for their AirDrop trademark in China and iCloud related service ‘Photo Stream’ in Canada.”

Purcher reports, “Apple’s AirDrop will debut with OS X Lion this fall. It’ll provide users with an easy way to wirelessly share files with people nearby with no Wi-Fi network required and no complicated setup or settings to establish. Apple has filed AirDrop under International Classes 9, 38 and 42 which covers such things as personal and handheld computers, mobile phones, telecommunication services and Apple as an Application Service Provider (ASP).”

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[Attribution: TUAW. Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader "Lynn Weiler" for the heads up.]