It looks like Apple has applied for trademark for the word “startup” and any variation of the word be it “Startup”, “StartUp” or “STARTUP”, in Malaysia, reports Digital News Asia (DNA). Apple Inc filed the application with the Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MyIPO), to hold the trademark of the said word under various computing, mobile and educational classes – Class 35, 37, 41 and 43.
Class 35: Retail store services, including retail store services featuring computers, computer software, computer peripherals, mobile phones and consumer electronic devices, and demonstration of products relating thereto.
Class 37: Maintenance, installation and repair of computer hardware, computer peripherals and consumer electronic devices; consulting services in the field of maintenance of computer hardware, computer peripherals, and consumer electronic devices.
Class 41: Educational services, including conducting classes, workshops, conferences and seminars in the field of computers, computer software, computer peripherals, mobile phones, and consumer electronic devices and computer-related services; providing information in the field of education.
Class 42: Design and development of computer hardware and software; technical support services, namely, troubleshooting of computer hardware and software problems; installation, maintenance and updating of computer software; technological consultancy services in the field of computers, computer software and consumer electronics; computer diagnostic services; computer data recovery.
So what does this mean? It means that once granted the trademark, Apple will have the exclusive rights to the word “startup” within the applied classes and the company can stop anyone from using the word. Of course, the effect isn’t immediate, members of the public or companies are allowed to oppose to MyIPO against the application before 8 October 2013.
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(Source: Digital News Asia)