The Apple gaming trademark and why it DOESN’T mean Apple is working on a gaming device

This weekend has been filled to the brim with rumors and speculation, on a variety of Apple related topics. One of the biggest has been the fact that Apple filed for a trademark that would protect the world APPLE on “toys, games and playthings, namely, hand-held units for playing electronic games; hand-held units for playing video games; stand alone video game machines; electronic games other than those adapted for use with television receivers only; LCD game machines; electronic educational game machines; toys, namely battery-powered computer games.”

Then our friends at Engadget want to point us to the following link that talks about Apple’s recent patent on a touch screen gaming device.

Somehow, these two things have led people to speculate that Apple is somehow working on a “Pippin 2.0″ or an “Apple portable gaming system”, and I have to step back and just stare with my jaw hanging open in disbelief.

I mean, I’m all for healthy speculation – but this one just seems borderline brain-dead to me. Do you think that – maybe – Apple might want to file a trademark to protect its name in relation to gaming devices not because it is developing ONE – but because it ALREADY HAS FOUR!!!!!!!

I mean, have you guys seen these things? I hear they’re getting really popular…

and what are those other two? I know I’ve seen a picture of them somewhere….

Do you get my point? I mean, the idea that Apple would have to be developing a game system to justify getting this trademark is completely ludicrous. Apple is in the gaming market. The four products listed above don’t even include these computers that we’re all so fond of called Macs.

There is no reason for Apple to develop their own Gameboy. They already have four of them, and the idea that they would create yet another handheld product for us, or that they would get into the video game console industry (which is another article entirely) just doesn’t make sense in my opinion.

What do you think?

Comments

  1. I’m surprised they haven’t been suid yet. So it’s no surprise that Apple Legal is looking to covers their butts.

  2. Also, the soon to be released iPhone SDK may also have something game specific.

  3. point well made, but I think you should switch to decaf… :)

  4. Apple Gaming Device = The new “Mac Tablet” in the world of Mac rumors…

    :rolleyes:

  5. @Rick

    It’s possible…but then, really, would this job be as much fun?

    :P

  6. There is another possibility. Maybe they are filling this to prevent some upstart outfit from building a line of hand held video toys and marketing them under the Apple brand. That would only cause confusion amongst the buying public.

  7. your right, thats what I like about your blogs.

  8. jadedcritic says:

    OK, I’ll make one comment here. Apple is many things, but they don’t strike me as grossly incompetent. It’s true that they sometimes make the wrong call. For example, not making ATV dvr-capable=bad move. That said, I have a hard time believing that apple would be filing for TM protection, NOW on devices it’s already released. It seems far more likely that they filed for that long ago.

    What I’m trying to say here, is I don’t question your conclusions. Your logic is sound, and jumping into the console market at this point would be suicide. Apple-Boy makes a least a little more sense to me, but what is suspicious to me is the TIMING. Why now? What is it that compels them to file now for devices they already have out? Particularly when processing TM’s takes time.

    I tend to believe in Occum’s Razor, and while filing based on their existing devices does make some degree of sense, it’s not the simplest explanation. I’m inclined to think they’re planning something, the question is what. (shrug) Don’t see much use in speculation though. Apple will tell us when they feel like it and not-one-minute sooner. Meantime, not gonna lose much sleep over it.

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