For archive (Updated on January 26, 2019)
Most countries have procedures for registering Trade marks, and laws for handling Trade mark violations.
Apple Music Company in the UK (which owned the songs of the Beatles) sued the Apple Computer Company in the US for the infringement of the “Apple” Trade mark.
The judge felt that there was no direct competition.
Little did he realize that several decades later, there would be convergence of Music and Computers. Apple devices would be streaming and/or playing the Beatles’ songs.
The trade mark is owned by Cisco.
Apple had an agreement with Cisco to use the name iPhone for its smart phones.
The trade mark is owned by Fujitsu.
Apple had an agreement with Fujitsu to use the name iPad for its note pads.
Some words were considered too common
At one time, some words were not allowed to be Trade marks because they were considered to be common.
So some product names were chosen to be close to the intended Trade mark.
- Google — It was supposed to be Googol (which is a very large number with a value of one followed by 100 zeroes. Some say it was an accidental mis-spelling of Google.
- Perl — It was supposed to be Pearl.
- Forth — It was supposed to be Fourth [Generation].