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MAQS LAW FIRM SUCCESSFULLY REPRESENTED APPLE INC

July 2010

Recently, the Swedish Patent and Registration Office ruled in favor of Apple Inc. regarding a trademark opposition case. The dispute was related to iPod and Pod, two of Apple’s most well known trademarks.

A Swedish company, Lindquist Invest AB, had registered the trademark TRACKPOD for telecommunication and navigation services (a device for sports related activities) and Apple opposed arguing that the registration infringed on its earlier trademarks rights. Due to the unique distinctiveness of Pod and the likelihood of confusion, Apple also argued that Lindquist Invests use of Trackpod would take unfair advantage of, or be detrimental to, the distinctive character of Apple's registered trademarks.

The Office ruled in favor of Apple claiming that the conflicting marks covered identical or similar services. As regards the similarity of marks, the Office stated that Pod is a relatively distinctive mark and constitutes the dominant part in Trackpod and Track is a rather descriptive term for the services involved. In the overall assessment, which includes the risk of misleading consumers, the Office concluded that there was a likelihood of confusion at hand and therefore cancelled the TRACKPOD registration.

The decision has been widely reported by various news media.

For further information, please contact: Tom Kronhöffer, MAQS Law Firm, Telephone: +46 (0) 407 09 00, E-mail: tom.kronhoffer@se.maqs.com

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