Samsung wants to trade mark the word ‘Plot’

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Korean technology giant Samsung has filed for a number of new Australian trade marks in the last week, including one for the word “Plot”.

The six new trade mark applications were lodged on April 16, and are for the terms “Plot”, “App Connect”, “DTOC”, “Citron”, “Diffuser” and the logo of Samsung’s new UHD curved TV (picture).

All the trade mark applications cover Class 9, broadly covering technology of various kinds.

The “Plot” trade mark covers computers, mobile phones, media players, software and electronic books. In summary, they are:

Class 9: Computer application software for mobile phones, smart phones, tablet computers, portable media players and handheld computers; computer software for managing and organising various digital reading contents, namely, digital electronic-books, digital electronic-newspapers, thesis and digital electronic-magazines; mobile phones; smart phones; digital cameras; portable media players; mp3 players; mp4 players; portable computers; wireless headsets for mobile phones, smart phones and tablet computers; tablet computers; digital set-top boxes; DVD players; 3D eye glasses; computers; downloadable electronic publications; downloadable electronic books

If accepted, Samsung could potentially challenge any person or company that has a commercial product listed above that uses the word “Plot” in a prominent way.

A Google search does not appear to bring up any relevant results for Samsung Plot or any of the other trade marks apart from “App Connect”, which is the name of an app on the Samsung Gear device.

Each of the new Samsung trade marks are currently at the status of ‘Filed – Approved’, meaning they have not been seen by an IP examiner yet.

Click to view a screenshot of Samsung’s trade mark applications for “Plot“, “App Connect“, “DTOC“, “Citron“, “Diffuser” and the logo for the new curved UHD TV.

UPDATED: Is The Saturday Paper just the beginning?

1622066_369210356551749_540645244_nNewly launched Australian newspaper The Saturday Paper has only published two issues so far, but a slew of recent trade marks and domains hint that it may go beyond a Saturday-only release.

The Saturday Paper is published by Schwartz Media, and its first issue was released across Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra on March 1.

Nine new trade marks were lodged on March 10 for the following terms: The Monday Paper, The Tuesday Paper, The Wednesday Paper, The Thursday Paper, The Friday Paper, The Saturday Paper, The Sunday Paper, The Weekend Paper and The Saturday Weekly.

All these trade mark applications were classed under “Publishing of newspapers” and were filed, not by Schwartz Media, but by ‘Media Might Pty Ltd’ and ‘Billion Group Pty Ltd’, which both have Sydney addresses.

Schwartz Media, however, is based in Melbourne, so the trade marks may not be associated with the publisher – therefore, the filing of “The Saturday Paper” would potentially warrant a trade mark opposition by Schwartz Media if it is not connected to Media Might and Billion Group.

Meanwhile, a number of currently unused domains have been registered using the aforementioned terms.

Six domains were registered by Morry Schwartz, the publisher of Schwartz Media, on February 6 this year: TheMondayPaper.com.au, TheTuesdayPaper.com.au, TheWednesdayPaper.com.au, TheThursdayPaper.com.au, TheFridayPaper.com.au and TheSundayPaper.com.au. These may just be for the protection of the brand, or to leave room for expansion should The Saturday Paper be a success.

Furthermore, the domain TheSaturdayWeekly.com.au was registered on June 20 last year by ‘The Monthly’, the name of another Schwartz Media publication.

And finally, the domain TheWeekendPaper.com.au was registered by ‘Media Might Pty Ltd’, although no date is given for when this domain was registered.

The contact associated with this final domain, and therefore presumably linked to ‘Media Might Pty Ltd’, is the email of Sydney businessman George Bancs.

According to an online profile, Bancs is director of a number of companies, including the other trade mark registrant ‘Billion Group’. His Twitter profile states that he is interested in “early stage startups”.

An online search appears to find no obvious current connection between Bancs and Schwartz Media, so it is unclear whether the trade marks and TheWeekendPaper.com.au domain are associated with the publisher of The Saturday Paper or not.

UPDATE

The Weekend Paper

22 April 2014: ‘Media Might Pty Ltd’ and ‘Billion Group Pty Ltd’ have lodged more trade marks in recent weeks, this time for the logo of each of the nine terms listed above.

All the logos are in the style of the one pictured above, and the trade marks were all lodged on April 13.

The trade marks all cover exactly one class, “Class 16: Newspapers”, and are at the status of ‘Indexing Approved’, meaning they have not been seen by an IP examiner yet.

Click here to view a screenshot of two of Media Might and Billion Group’s new trade marks for ‘The Monday Paper‘ and ‘The Weekend Paper‘.

Photo source: Facebook

Wizards of the Coast seeking trade mark for ‘Magic Origins’

WotclogoAmerican gaming publisher Wizards of the Coast has registered a trade mark in Australia for the term ‘Magic Origins’.

This comes a fortnight after the company filed trade marks for the terms ‘Dragons Of Tarkir’ and ‘Khans Of Tarkir’, and hints at new developments for the popular trading card game Magic: The Gathering.

The ‘Magic Origins’ trade mark was filed on March 4 by the US headquarters of Wizards of the Coast and a Sydney-based legal representative, Baker & McKenzie.

The domain MagicOrigins.com, which has no content, was registered in January by a hidden registrar (image).

Classes covered by the trade mark application include computers, video games, toys and entertainment. Specifically, those classes are:

Class 9: Apparatus for recording, transmission or reproduction of sound or images; computers; compact discs, DVDs and other digital recording media; computer hardware; computer software; application software; video game software, video game programs, video game cartridges; printed publications in electronically readable form

 Class 28: Toys, games and playthings

 Class 41: Education; providing of training; entertainment; sporting and cultural activities; publication of books, magazines and journals; publication of electronic books and journals online; publication of multimedia material online; providing online electronic publications (not downloadable); organisation of competitions

The application remains at the early status of ‘Filed – Approved’, meaning it has not been seen by an IP examiner yet.

Wizards of the Coast also publishes Dungeons & Dragons and other gaming products.

Click to view a screenshot of Wizard of the Coast’s trade mark application of ‘Magic Origins’.

UPDATED: Samsung files for ‘Dark Screen’, ‘Finger Scanner’ and a vehicle control app icon

SamsungLogoElectronics giant Samsung has filed new trade marks in Australia for the terms ‘Dark Screen’ and ‘Finger Scanner’.

The company announced earlier today that the new Samsung Galaxy S5 will have a fingerprint scanner, but the company appears to want to trade mark the term as well as implementing it on new devices.

The trade mark for ‘Finger Scanner’ was registered on February 20 and covers exactly one class: mobile phones.

Apple’s similar fingerprint scanner is called ‘Touch ID’, and the company registered a trade mark for that term last month.

The ‘Dark Screen’ trade mark was registered a day later, and covers a broader variety of classes. Specifically:

Class 9: Mobile telephones; digital cameras; portable media player; portable computers; wireless headsets for mobile phones, smart phones and tablet computers; rechargeable batteries; battery chargers; leather cases for mobile phones, smart phones and tablet computers; flip covers for mobile phones, smart phones and tablet computers; tablet computers; television receivers; audio electronic components, namely surround sound systems; digital set-top boxes; DVD players; light emitting diode displays; monitors; 3D eye glasses; computers; printers for computers; semiconductors; computer software; computer application software for mobile phones 

A Google search does not appear to bring up any relevant results about what the ‘Dark Screen’ trade mark will be used for.

Both trade marks were filed by the Korean headquarters of Samsung and a Sydney-based legal representative, Spruson & Ferguson.

They remain at the early status of ‘Filed – Approved’, meaning they have yet to been seen by an IP examiner.

Click to view a screenshot of Samsung’s trade mark applications for ‘Dark Screen‘ and ‘Finger Scanner‘.

UPDATE

On February 20, the same day that Samsung registered for the ‘Finger Scanner’ trade mark, the company also filed for a steering wheel image, as seen below:

Samsung steering wheel appA Google search for the image, presumably an app icon, suggests it has not appeared online before.

The trade mark covers classes very similar to the trade marks above, with one notable addition: “computer application software for mobile phones and smart phones for vehicle control”.

The full list is below:

Class 9: Mobile telephones; smart phones; digital cameras; portable media players; portable computers; wireless headsets for mobile phones, smart phones and tablet computers; rechargeable batteries; battery chargers; leather cases for mobile phones, smart phones and tablet computers; flip covers for mobile phones, smart phones and tablet computers; tablet computers; television receivers; audio electronic components, namely surround sound systems; digital set-top boxes; DVD players; light emitting diode (LED) displays; monitors; 3D eye glasses; computers; printers for computers; semiconductors; computer software for vehicle control; computer application software for mobile phones and smart phones for vehicle control

There have been recent articles about Samsung’s Galaxy Gear device “controlling” a car.

The application remains at the status of ‘Indexing Approved’, meaning it has not been seen by an IP examiner yet.

Click to view a screenshot of Samsung’s steering wheel trade mark.

Wizards of the Coast files for ‘Dragons Of Tarkir’

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Wizards of the Coast, publisher of the popular trading card game Magic: The Gathering, has registered an Australian trade mark application for the term ‘Dragons Of Tarkir’.

It was reported last week that the company had filed a trade mark for the term ‘Khans Of Tarkir’, and this new similar trade mark gives further clues about what has been speculated could be new Magic: The Gathering expansions.

The ‘Dragons Of Tarkir’ trade mark was registered on February 21 by the US headquarters of Wizards of the Coast and a Sydney-based legal representative, Baker & McKenzie.

It covers classes across computers, video games, toys and electronic magazines. Specifically:

Class 9: Apparatus for recording, transmission or reproduction of sound or images; computer hardware; computer software; application software; interactive entertainment software, including computer game software, computer game programs, computer game cartridges, computer game discs; downloadable software for use in connection with computers, portable gaming devices, console gaming devices, communication devices and mobile telephones; printed publications in electronically readable form

Class 28: Toys, games and playthings

Class 41: Education; providing of training; entertainment; sporting and cultural activities; publication of books, magazines and journals; publication of electronic books and journals online; publication of multimedia material online; providing online electronic publications (not downloadable); organisation of competitions 

The trade mark remains at the early status of ‘Filed – Approved’, meaning it has not been seen by an IP examiner yet.

Wizards of the Coast also filed an Australian trade mark for the previously-reported ‘Khans Of Tarkir’ on February 18, covering the same classes.

The company also publishes Dungeons & Dragons and other gaming products, so the two trade marked terms could be related to those, but the MTGSalvation message board last week speculated that ‘Khans Of Tarkir’ could be related to Magic: The Gathering because the US trade mark specifically covers ‘trading card games’ as a class.

Furthermore, the domains DragonsOfTarkir.com and KhansOfTarkir.com both redirect to the Wizards of the Coast website and were registered a month ago, once more confirming that both terms will be used by the company at some point in the future.

Click to view a screenshot of Wizards of the Coast trade mark applications for ‘Dragons Of Tarkir‘ and ‘Khans Of Tarkir‘.

‘Hulu’ was officially trade marked in Australia this week

Hulu1After initially registering for an Australian trade mark in July last year, Hulu was accepted and officially entered the trade mark register in Australia this week.

The trade mark protection could be a step closer to the leading US video-streaming service making an entry into the Australian market. The company already owns the Hulu.com.au domain, which currently redirects to Hulu.com, and states on its website that it is “committed to making its content available worldwide” but “must work through a number of legal and business issues” first.

The ‘HULU’ trade mark entered the Australian trade mark register on February 20, and covers everything from video-streaming to calendars.

A summary of the classes covered by the trade mark can be found on the original ™Watch article from July last year.

The application was lodged by the Santa Monica office of ‘Hulu, LLC’ and a Sydney-based legal representative, Davies Collison Cave.

Click to view a screenshot of Hulu’s Australian trade mark.

H/T @aafuss

Is THIS Mamamia’s “secret new website”?

mamamia logoAustralian women’s lifestyle website Mamamia hired well-regarded journalist Alyx Gorman this week to edit a “secret new website”, and evidence suggests it could be a beauty website called ‘The Glow’ or ‘Glow Australia’.

‘Mamamia.com.au PTY LTD’ registered the domain TheGlow.com.au in December 2013, and the site remains parked and has no content. An archive website suggests the domain was once used to sell accommodation.

There is a Twitter account, @TheGlowAU, which has zero tweets but follows accounts including model Miranda Kerr, presenter Karl Stefanovic and various Australian TV networks. The account was also registered in December last year, and the name given on the profile is ‘Glow Australia’.

The Pinterest page TheGlowAU also refers to ‘Glow Australia’ and the account follows users including Mamamia founder Mia Freedman, various fashion magazines and the Mamamia account itself.

The TheGlowAU Google+ page is followed by Mia Freedman and other Mamamia editorial staff, and contains a link to a currently empty YouTube channel.

And finally, the Instagram account TheGlowAU also refers to ‘Glow Australia’, states “website coming soon” and has uploaded two beauty-related photos.

So the evidence suggests a beauty website of some kind, but further details about ‘Glow Australia’ are scarce.

US website The Glow looks at “the world of inspiring and fashionable mums”, and has been featured in The New York Times, Grazia Paris and Huffington Post.

There are also popular beauty magazines called Glow in both the US and Canada.

Mamamia’s Mia Freedman is also publisher of iVillage Australia, an international edition of the US parenting website iVillage, so ‘Glow Australia’ could be an international edition of one of the aforementioned brands. It could also be a whole new brand.

As an aside, it appears that the domain TheGlow.com.au was hacked by a Turkish hacker in September 2010, according to a screenshot on this website.

This post will be updated as soon as further details come to light.