Apple trademarks the design and shape of its iPod

May 14, 2008
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“The site’s founders have spent the last year analyzing the individual rooms of over 250 hotels, mainly located in major metropolitan areas. This impressive feat was made possible by a trend in hotel architecture: hotel rooms typically vary within a floor, but are consistent moving vertically up a building (for example, room 105 and 205 would be the same, but 102 would differ). Many rooms have been documented with an extreme level of detail, listing the size of the room, any possible noise concerns, and even the view a guest can expect from the balcony.”

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Apple trademarks the rectangular box
Charlie Sorrel looks at Apple’s recently granted trademark over the iPod shape and design.

“Apple has been granted a trademark for the shape of the iPod, essentially giving it exclusive rights to make a box with a screen and a wheel: [T]he design of the portable and handheld digital electronic media device comprised of a rectangular casing displaying circular and rectangular shapes therein arranged in an aesthetically pleasing manner. Who decides that last point, we have no idea, but this will mean that Apple is likely to become much more aggressive in going after the knock-off iPod designs out there.”

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