Multi-Touch™ is a trademark of Apple Inc.

Multi-Touch™ is a trademark of Apple Inc.

MacDailyNews Take: This must be news to many, as we see an awful lot of analysts, media outlets, and even Microsoft themselves using Apple’s Multi-Touch™ trademark (United States Patent and Trademark Office, Serial Number: 77219819) to describe Microsoft’s recent demo of their latest derivative and highly-vaporous OS, “Windows 7.”

So, Microsoft, PC Magazine, PC World et al., just so you know, Multi-Touch™ is a trademark of Apple Inc.

And don’t you forget it. wink


  1. Microshaft has a way of ignoring patents, copyrights, monopoly laws, and any other legalese that says they can’t do something. They throw an army of lawyers at you and stall until you run out of money. I don’t think they’ll be bothered by the fact that Apple owns the name Multi-Touch, or even that they have a patent on the technology.

  2. Wikipedia: “A registered trademark confers a bundle of exclusive rights upon the registered owner, including the right to exclusive use of the mark in relation to the products or services for which it is registered. The law in most jurisdictions also allows the owner of a registered trademark to prevent unauthorized use of the mark in relation to products or services which are identical or “colourfully” similar to the “registered” products or services, and in certain cases, prevent use in relation to entirely dissimilar products or services.”

  3. Mikrocrap will just use the longer name like “Multiple-Touch Technology” or like 84 Mac Guy said “Many-Touch Technology”

    However, I think it would behoove Microsoft to just trademark the name “Copied-Touch” and use it.

  4. People are free to misuse trademarks all they want, no matter how many angry letters a company sends. It’s only illegal to brand a product you’re selling with someone else’s trademark.

    Print out this email and xerox it.

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