Apple’s “Multi-Touch” Trademark Application Rejected

Multi-TouchApple made another move to trademark the term “multi-touch” in the United States but unfortunately it has been denied. The decision was made by the United States Patent and Trademark Office dated from last week and was posted by MacRumors in their website. The governing body rejected this application citing that the term is simply describing how consumers interact with the products.

“Thus, from the foregoing, we find that ‘Multi-Touch’ not only identifies the technology, but also describes how a user of the goods operates the device,” according to the USPTO’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. “Based on the evidence discussed above, as well as other evidence in the record, we agree with the examining attorney that Multi-Touch indeed is highly descriptive of a feature of the identified goods.”

Also in the filing, it says that the evidence included by Apple Inc. in the trademark application is concentrating in their iPhone hardware device opposing to the multi-touch signature.