16 Aug 06Apple Faces Legal Challenge Over "Pod" Trademark.

According to recent reports, Apple has been sending cease-and-desist orders to companies marketing products with names that include “pod”, claiming that they are infringing on the iPod trademark.


One group that has received such a notice has decided to fight Apple in court.

Representation for a group known only as “Pod Creatures From Beyond Our Galaxy” filed a counter-suit against Apple today, claiming prior trademark of the “pod” name.

“Our clients believe that it is Apple that has infringed on their trademark and not the other way around,” said Robert Carlson, chief counsel for the creatures.


“At least we think that’s what they believe. It’s kind of hard to tell as they just stand there pointing at you and shrieking.

“Depositions are really hard. But we will prove in a court of law that they have prior rights to the ‘pod’ trademark going back to their highly successful invasion of the Crab Nebula over 15,000 years ago.”

Apple contends that the aliens’ use of the term “pod” for the plant husks that consume humans and replace them with vegetable counterparts might confuse consumers.

Apple senior counsel Mark Aaker said “We don’t want people to think that we manufacture a ‘pod’ that takes a vibrant, engaged human and replaces him or her with a subservient lump of vegetable matter.”

Aaker paused to consider his words.

“Uh… let me put that another way…”

Carlson indicated that his clients said exactly the same thing, shortly before he was pulled under his desk by several large vines.

No Responses to “Apple Faces Legal Challenge Over "Pod" Trademark.”

  1. Zeb says:

    Firstest!!!!

  2. Zeb says:

    Yo, that Donald Sutherland movie freaks me out.

  3. comacnut says:

    Tree

  4. Don says:

    Four! At last. Now, time to read the article….

  5. Huh? says:

    Well, my Pants™® and myself are finding out about people infringing on trademarks.
    *sigh*
    Not sure we’re gonna win this one.

    moo

  6. Nxxx says:

    John,
    From the bottom right photograph, your haemorrhoids are really bad.

  7. Don says:

    What are you talking about – that’s the same as the picture above isn’t it? A nano??
    Oh damn, now that I look more closely I can see the subtle differences – it’s the new iRiver isn’t it??

  8. vitamin fortified says:

    Seventh! Not sixth or eight na, nana, na, na

    Now if Pod people tried to take my Pants™ then would have to launch an intergalatic invasion. Or at least write a real nasty letter to the editor with exclamation points!!!!!

  9. Dang, it should have left off the extra exclamation point. Then I would have been 7th

  10. comacnut says:

    Were you aware there are snakes on the mother fucking plane. Just a heads up.

  11. vegetable matter says:

    Eleventheth.

    It pays to read the article.

    Now, off to veg.

  12. Psyko says:

    I want a bagel t-shirt. 🙁

    MARK

  13. joey lange says:

    twelve

    strange number, eh?

  14. joey lange says:

    THOSE MOTHERFUCKING SNAKES ON THAT MOTHERFUCKING PLANE PUT ME AT #13??

    stupid snakes. stay out of My Pants™.
    And no, you can’t use my toothbrush.
    I don’t care if you’ll bite me if I don’t let you!
    OWW YOU BIT ME YOU STUPID SNAKE

    whoa…i see a light dude!

    *dies*

    Hello. I am this “motherfucking snake” you strange humans all seem to be referring to. I do not see why you see my actions as hostile; I am merely trying to mate with your human counterparts in order to save both of our races. Obviously, your sexual interaction is different than that of myself and my race, for our semen (which you call “venom” for some strange reason) appears to kill you. Oh well, let’s go find Steve Wozniak, maybe he’ll carry our hybrid snake-human babies.

  15. Ace Deuce says:

    Cetaceans have had pods for millions of years, yet they haven’t litigated the pants off anyone.

  16. Bob the wrecker says:

    when s apple gong to sue everyone who uses the letter “i” (oops there go…)

  17. OMGHAX says:

    SOYLENT GREEN IS PEOPLE!

  18. Tom says:

    Could I have some of those ‘suck you under the desk’ vines?

  19. Apple is being a corporate whore again!

  20. Will the Star Wars franchise be sued for PodRacing?

  21. UhhhDude says:

    I always wondered why the Pod People haven’t been sued by the Zombies for theft of intellectual property.

    Then again the Zombies never sued that 60s group named The Zombies, nor did they pursue any legal action against Rob Zombie, either.

    I’m tellin’ ya, they’re missing out on a legal gold mine. Slackers.

  22. Jon says:

    I have reason to doubt the pod creatures’ story. The Crab Nebula didn’t even exist until around 7.500 years ago, and by that time Proto-Apple had already had the trademark for decades. Despite how the media’s protraying these things, there’s something sinister about them.

  23. Tom says:

    I would’ve thought that the main problem Zombie’s have with winning cases regarding their ‘intellectual’ property is umm…

  24. NWJR says:

    There are PONIES in those pods. And Soylent Green is people.

  25. John Moltz says:

    Yes, but soylent green is made from a class of people that really could stand to be eaten

  26. Del says:

    Excuse me the pictures aren’t properly labeled. Which is the iPod and which is the pod? I need to know because I’m going to put one on my head to listen to music before I go to bed tonight and I need to know which one.

  27. blank says:

    I have it on good authority that Steve™ doesn’t eat soylent green, so we shouldn’t either.

    Right?

  28. John Moltz says:

    I changed “sucked” to “pulled”, not because of the sexual connotations, but just because “pulled” is more accurate.

    And we’re all about accuracy.

  29. Eses says:

    I thought soyld-green was just an unfortunate occurence in people’s underwear after eating way too much spinach-avacado dip? But now I know it’s the main course of classless people that’s the problem, thanks John.

    Maybe if I soak the filletsOpeople (iFOP) in milk first…

  30. UhhhDude says:

    It’s not that the Zombies aren’t intellectually challenged (because they are), it’s just that they probably think it’s too much hassle for a lawsuit. Attorney’s fees and all.

    This is an attitude we all can adopt. The anti-lawyer thing, not the intellectually challenged thing.

  31. Buthidae says:

    I can’t believe there’s SNAKES ON A MOTHERFUCKING PLANE either! I’m even more excited than I am!

    My housemate bought one of those Pod’s, and since then he has been awfully subservient.

  32. Buthidae says:

    That didn’t make any beans at all. I’m going to claim 32nd as well and call it a night.

  33. haineux says:

    CARS is usually brilliant. This particular post brought a lot of delight. I was having a really bad day, only made worse by videos of christian mimes dancing out the crucifixion.

  34. That Cranky Old Guy says:

    Hey! You Pod People get off my lawn!

  35. MapleMama says:

    Wouldn’t it make more sense to trademark any word preceded by a lowercase “i”? Between iPod, iTunes, iLife, iMac…I think they would have much better footing for that arguement!

  36. BEN says:

    check out POD POD the rhino.

    GET OFF THE SHED!

  37. His Steveness says:

    PONIES™ = PODIES™ – got it all?

  38. Benjamin says:

    If Apple sues me, they better be prepared to eat it.

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