Is G4 a copyright, trademark or registered to Apple?

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by kerb, Nov 20, 2004.

  1. macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2004
    Location:
    Lancashire UK
    #1
    self-explainatory from the title of the thread

    the only reason I ask is because on a British crap form of American Idol/Pop Idol, there is a male vocalist group called G4 Anyway they are vile and I want them sued.
     
  2. macrumors 68040

    CrackedButter

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2003
    Location:
    51st State of America
    #2
    | don't see how you can combine a single letter of the alphabet with a number and then trademark it, not when Intel couldn't trademark "386". But somebody in here is probably going to say the opposite and say it is trademarked.

    But Canon btw has a camera called the G5 and so does the Apple computer company.
     
  3. macrumors 6502a

    jackieonasses

    Joined:
    Mar 3, 2004
    Location:
    the great OKLAHOMA....
    #3
    If that is true, it is going to suck for apple when the new powerpc comes out, and they can't call it a G6. You know, the Pontiac g6?
     
  4. macrumors 68040

    tech4all

    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2004
    Location:
    NorCal
    #4
    I don't think Apple will have a problem "legally" naming the next processor G6 just because Pontiac has that name as well, because Apple and Pontiac have totally different markets and are not competitors. One sell's computers, one sells cars. I'm not a lawyer so I'm totally sure that's who trade/service marks works (trademark in this case).
     
  5. macrumors 6502a

    jackieonasses

    Joined:
    Mar 3, 2004
    Location:
    the great OKLAHOMA....
    #5
    I know they won't. What i meant was, IF the the name G4 could be patented, then we would be screwed next time...

    Sorry for not making myself clear.
     
  6. macrumors 6502a

    AoWolf

    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2003
    Location:
    Daytona Beach
    #6
    You know I rather see an 7ghz triple core H1 running mac OS XI Dingo with a full 3d interface and mind control technology. But really I think apple may be beyond the whole GX processor name after the G5.
     
  7. macrumors member

    Joined:
    Jan 31, 2002
    Location:
    Santa Barbara, CA
    #7
    As it stands, the TechTV/G4 combination seems to operate without any opposition from Apple. They share similar markets, being both computer related.

    From a legal standpoint, though, no, G4 is not copyrighted by Apple Computer. This is impossible. Just as BMW can produce a 740 model while Volvo does the same, Apple cannot maintain control over a designation that lacks any kind of uniqueness.
     
  8. macrumors member

    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2004
    Location:
    Kent, UK
    #8
    I wish they could, G4 are awful. If they win they are gonna be a one hit wonder. Can't believe they made it though this week, think people voted for them cause they felt sorry for them as they were nearly voted off last week. They also don't seem to have any personality.

    I thought this tread was going to be about them.
     
  9. macrumors 603

    wordmunger

    Joined:
    Sep 3, 2003
    Location:
    North Carolina
    #9
    Actually, there are lots of trademarks on "G4", but Apple doesn't own any of them. You can trademark the same title for different uses, and you're not actually required to register a trademark. So, for example, you can have Unix, the operating system, but also Unix, the golf club (yes, it exists. I have one). Even if Apple had registered G4, there's no way they could enforce the trademark on a rock band.
     
  10. macrumors 68030

    superbovine

    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2003
    #10
    http://www.uspto.gov/
     

Share This Page