Apple Can’t Trademark “Multi-Touch”

Apple Can’t Trademark “Multi-Touch”

If you’re a mobile developer who creates apps with multi-touch functionality, you can keep using the term “multi-touch.” So says the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), which has denied Apple’s petition to trademark the word.

Apple first applied for the trademark the day after it introduced the iPhone. However, the USPTO Board ruled that “multi-touch” has become a generic term that describes how people use a wide variety of mobile devices.

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