Samsung files trade mark for ‘Gear Blink’ in Australia

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Samsung has lodged a trade mark in Australia for the term ‘Samsung Gear Blink’, hinting at an as-yet-unannounced new Google Glass rival.

The trade mark was filed yesterday, 20 May, by Samsung and an Australian legal representative, Callinans.

The application follows a similar application by the company filed this week in Korea. Samsung also published patents for glasses-based electronic devices earlier this year.

The Australian trade mark covers a variety of tech devices under classes 9 and 14, including ‘wearable smart phones’ and ’3D eye glasses’.

Specifically, those devices are:

Class 9: Mobile phones; digital cameras; portable media players; mp3 players; mp4 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; wearable computer peripherals; wearable peripherals for mobile devices; wearable computers; wearable mobile phones and smart phones; mobile phones and smart phones in the shape of a watch; mobile devices in the shape of a watchband

Class 14: Clocks; parts and fittings for watches; wristwatches; electronic clocks and watches; bracelets (jewellery); watchbands; control clocks (master clocks); watches that communicate data to Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs), mobile phones, smart phones, tablet computers and personal computers through Internet websites and other computer and electronic communications networks; watchbands that communicate data to Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs), mobile phones, smart phones, tablet computers and personal computers through Internet websites and other computer and electronic communications networks; bracelets that communicate data to Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs), mobile phones, smart phones, tablet computers and personal computers through Internet websites and other computer and electronic communications networks 

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

Click to view a screenshot of Samsung’s ‘Gear Blink’ trade mark.

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Bauer Media wants to trade mark the word ‘Glossy’

Bauer MediaPublishing giant Bauer Media Group has registered a new trade mark in Australia for the word ‘Glossy’.

The term ‘glossy magazine’ is a regularly used expression in the media industry, and is even listed in the Macmillan Dictionary, defined as:

A magazine printed on shiny paper, containing a lot of bright fashionable pictures but not much serious information

Bauer Media Group publishes glossy magazines such as ELLE and Cosmopolitan, and has filed trade marks for ‘Glossy’ a number of times over the years.

The original trade mark appears to have been lodged in 2007 by ACP Mastheads (screenshot), the publishing company that Bauer acquired in 2012. This trade mark was registered under Class 41, covering ‘Judging of cars’, and was never added to the trade mark register and has since lapsed.

A second trade mark by ACP Mastheads was registered in 2009 (screenshot) under Class 16, covering printing, and Class 41, covering publishing. This trade mark was also never added to the trade mark register and has lapsed.

The third trade mark was lodged by ACP Mastheads in 2010 (screenshot) under Class 16, covering ‘Staplers’. This application was withdrawn in 2012, shortly after the Bauer acquisition.

A fourth trade mark was filed by Bauer Media in July 2012 (screenshot), and registered under Class 16, covering ‘Staple Removers’. This trade mark is currently ‘Under Examination’, with a decision due soon.

The newest trade mark was filed last week, on May 1, by Bauer Media (screenshot) and is registered under Class 16, covering magazines and printing, and Class 41, covering publishing, competitions and online information.

Specifically, the new trade mark for the term ‘Glossy’ covers:

Class 16: Printed matter; printed awards; stationery; printed publications including magazines, journals, periodicals, newspapers and books; posters; calendars; photographs; instructional and teaching material (except apparatus); cards; paper, cardboard and goods made from these materials in this class

Class 41: Publishing; arranging, organising, hosting, presenting and conducting competitions; entertainment services; cultural services; production of television and radio shows; interactive games services; publication of information on global computer networks including the Internet

The trade mark is currently at the status of ‘Indexing Approved’.

This article will be updated with any more information about the ‘Glossy’ trade mark as it arises.

UPDATED: Woolworths seeks trade marks for tech-related ‘Be’ and ‘Hub’

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Australian supermarket Woolworths has lodged a trade mark for the logo of a new product, service or division called ‘Hub’.

The trade mark was registered on April 9 by the Sydney headquarters of Woolworths and a legal representative, Spruson & Ferguson.

It covers a range of technology-related goods and services across Class 9. Specifically:

Class 9: Scientific and photographic apparatus and instruments; apparatus for recording, transmission or reproduction of sound or images; magnetic data carriers, recording discs; calculating machines, data processing equipment and computers; computer peripheral devices, computer accessories and parts therefor including keyboards, port hubs, mouses and mouse pads, cables, headphones, speakers, computer cases; data storage devices including USB flash drives, CDs, DVDs; cameras including webcams; data processing equipment including readers and calculators; mobile phones; mobile phone accessories including holders, cases, covers and straps

Woolworths HubThe trade mark is at the status of ‘Indexing Approved’, meaning it has not been seen by an IP examiner yet.

The logo (pictured right) states that ‘Hub’ is “Exclusively at Woolworths”.

An online search appears to show that the logo has not appeared online before. Furthermore, an online search does not appear to bring up any relevant results for a Woolworths-related ‘Hub’.

Click here to view a screenshot of Woolworths’ ‘Hub’ trade mark.

UPDATE

Be Entertained

28 April 2014: The ‘Hub’ trade mark could be related to another Woolworths trade mark registered recently, for the logo (pictured above) of a new brand called ‘Be’.

The ‘Be’ logo has the tagline “be entertained”, and the application is looking to trade mark three colour-variations of the logo above.

The trade mark was filed on March 18 by Woolworths Limited and a legal representative, King & Wood Mallesons. It is at the status of ‘Indexing Approved’.

It covers similar technology goods and services as the ‘Hub’ trade mark, as well as additional classes covering ‘goods made from paper or cardboard’ and ‘office furniture’.

An online search for the ‘Be’ logo suggests it has not appeared online before. Further searching for the name linked with Woolworths appears to bring up zero relevant results.

Click here to view a screenshot of Woolworths’ trade mark application for ‘Be’.

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‘.

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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.