Apple loses bid for music app icon trademark | Apple – CNET News

Apple loses bid for music app icon trademark | Apple – CNET News. Seriously, how does a series of 8th notes get patent protection?  To quote: “Section 2(d) prohibits the registration of a mark “which so resebles” another mark “as to be likely … to cause confusion.” Here’s some advice.  If you have a mark that is this generic, find something different that is unique.  If you are going to use your mark to be recognized uniquely don’t use 8th notes.  I don’t care what color your background is. The

Patenting the obvious

So Apple now has won a patent for scaling and rotating documents. (Figure stolen from CNet) I am actually a fan of software patents, as long as the patents are truly novel, unique and non-obvious.  This, however, is none of those. I believe that the patent was filed in 2007.  Did the folks at the USPTO not see Minority Report… in 2002?  I distinctly remember Tom Cruise pinching and twirling and interacting with display screens much in the same way. Maybe it was the gloves.  Or maybe it was because