Last week I wrote about AOL’s rumored plans to launch a neighborhood social networking site called NVibe, after I found that AOL had filed a number of related trademarks and domains around the terms ‘NVibe’ and ‘Neighborhood Vibe’.
Now, it looks like AOL may have bigger plans for its so-called Vibe network, this time with a MapQuest service called: MQVibe.
Not only has AOL owned the domain names MQVibe.com and MapQuestVibe.com since July 2011 (both of which re-direct to mapquest.com), this week AOL Inc. filed four trademarks applications for MQVibe with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Here’s a quick look at each of the trademarks, which are similar to the NVibe filings.
Serial Number: 85424935
Providing information and news in the field of local business
Serial Number: 85424931
Providing geographic information, destination information, interactive maps, and driving directions via computer and communications networks; Providing information, news, and commentary in the field of travel via computer and communications networks
Serial Number: 85424926
Providing a website that enables users to connect with people in a particular neighborhood or city; Providing user-defined content and content of others selected and customized based on the known or estimated geographical location of users
Serial Number: 85424918
Online social networking services; online local and community social networking services