Welcome to the MacNN Forums.

If this is your first visit, be sure to check out the FAQ by clicking the link above. You may have to register before you can post: click the register link above to proceed. To start viewing messages, select the forum that you want to visit from the selection below.

You are here: MacNN Forums > News > Tech News > Hearing-aid company sues Apple over 'EarPod' trademark

Hearing-aid company sues Apple over 'EarPod' trademark
Thread Tools
MacNN Staff
Join Date: Jul 2012
Status: Offline
Reply With Quote
Apr 2, 2013, 04:02 PM
 
A company that makes digital hearing aids with the trademark name "HearPod" is suing Apple over its "EarPods" trademark, claiming infringement. Filed in Hawaii, the "HearPod" trademark was originally issued in 2007, five years before Apple introduced its EarPods headphones. Oddly, Randolph Divisions is suing for infringement rather than claiming any harm from consumer confusion between the two similar-sounding brands. Apple owns the US trademarks for both "EarPods" and "Apple EarPods," but Randolph Divisions owns the "earpods.com" domain name.

The lawsuit is unlikely to go anywhere, since Apple's EarPods are a completely different product with a different look and purpose that consumers would be unlikely to mistake for Randolph's HearPod. The company may be suing defensively in an effort to avoid losing the Earpods.com (and earpod.com) domain name to Apple, as both only point to Randolph's HearPod site at present. Somewhat ironically, the Earpod.com site has a page promoting an "iPod 60-60 Protection Plan" that promotes "hearing protection" by advising people to listen to the iPod at no more than 60 percent of maximum volume for no more than 60 minutes per day, reports TheNextWeb.

Apple itself meets federal Hearing Aid Compatibility guidelines on its current iPhone models and has licensed the "Made for iPhone" branding to certain third-party hearing aids.


     
   
Thread Tools
Forum Links
Forum Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On
Top
Privacy Policy
All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:58 AM.
All contents of these forums © 1995-2015 MacNN. All rights reserved.
Branding + Design: www.gesamtbild.com
vBulletin v.3.8.8 © 2000-2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.3.2