Apple files three iMessage trademarks, in wake of iChat integration rumors

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Last week tech blogs speculated that Apple was building in iMessage support into OS X Lion’s iChat instant messaging software, after a developer revealed to Mac Rumors a code string with two new properties: timeDelivered and timeRead.

On the same day the news broke on September 14, Apple filed three different trademark applications for iMessage with the United States Patent and Trademark Office that may be able to offer more insight into the plans for iMessage.

Here’s a quick look at each trademark filing.

Serial No. 85423006
Goods and Services: computer software consulting; application service provider (ASP) services featuring computer software for transmission of text, data, images, audio, and video by wireless communication networks and the Internet; application service provider (ASP) services featuring computer software for electronic messaging and wireless digital messaging; information, advisory and consultancy services relating to all the foregoing

Serial No. 85422999
Goods and services: Communication services, namely, transmission of text, data, images, audio, and video by wireless communication networks and the Internet; electronic messaging and wireless digital messaging services; information, advisory and consultancy services relating to all the foregoing

Serial No. 85422982
Goods and services: Computer software for the transmission of text, data, images, audio, and video by wireless communication networks and the Internet; computer software for electronic messaging and wireless digital messaging

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