Apple has gone on trial to stop the word ‘Pod’

The latest news about Apple is that the company has gone to trial to stop a start-up using the word ‘pod’ in a product name. The legal issue occurs when a San Francisco-based Sector Labs’ use of the name ‘Video Pod’ for the video projector it is developing. Today, Apple will filed an 873-page document with the US trademark appeals body outlining why it should have sole rights to ‘pod’, according to reports.

Few years back, Apple has launched its challenge as the Sector Labs which has use the word would cause confusion among consumers.

According to reports, the legal dispute centers on San Francisco-based Sector Labs’ use of the name ‘Video Pod’ for the video projector it is developing. On Monday, Apple filed an 873-page document with the US trademark appeals body outlining why it should have sole rights to ‘pod’.

Sector Labs which has a history of legal actions over the use of ‘pod’ and other trademarks. Labs sells a temperature-sensitive light for kitchen taps and has spent the past three years defending its product name against Apple.

Apple will be filling today and which will become the first stage in the trial. It seems that everything conducted will be entirely on paper. Like Apple, Sector Labs also has 30 days to gather its evidence and is scheduled to file its testimony by 18 November. The USPTO tribunal make its decision after receiving all submissions, the last of which is expected in January 2011.

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