Apple officially acquires ‘AirDrop’ trademark

“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).”

Read more in the full article here.

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


    1. …only the company bringing the lawsuit will wait for about a year before suing Apple (just like the iBooks case).

      Tech pundits and analysts will blow it all out of proportion, and make it sound like a “epidemic” of trademark lawsuits “plaguing” Apple.

      Not too long afterwards, both parties involved will come to an agreement, and that will be the end of it. (By then, the tech pundits and analysts will have another molehill to turn into a mountain anyway.)

      Wash, rinse, repeat…

    1. iPad 2 provides the greatest satisfaction and best user experience. The other tablets are inferior in user satisfaction and are made into a cheaper clunkier design.

  1. Yay, AirDrop… yet another unobvious gimmick cluttering up the interface. As much as I love OS X, I really wish they’d drop this “add a gimmicky new button with each release” technique. The amount of stuff I have to turn off whenever I’m setting up a new Mac user just so they won’t be tripped up by marginal and unnecessary doodads…

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