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Google trademarks Showy for software that turns a device into a remote control

Showy Trademark

Late last month, Google registered the domain name   With such generic words in the name there was not much to go on.

But now, Google has filed a trademark application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office revealing more details as to what “Showy” will be when it’s finally released.

The goods and services in the trademark application (Serial Number:  85570895), which was submitted on March 15, covers: “Downloadable software which allows users to use their computer, tablet device, or mobile phone as a remote control to operate video display devices and televisions; and downloadable software which allows users to remotely control the content on internet-connected digital signage.”

The information in the trademark filing sounds related to a Google patent which was recently talked about in news sites and blogs.

In February, Patently Apple reported that Google was developing a new remote for Google TV.

“The new remote will use voice controls associated with Google’s own cloud services. The user will be able to use their Android Phone as the remote to make inquiries about TV shows and the TV will list what’s available as illustrated in our cover graphic,” wrote Jack Purcher.

But of course, nothing is certain until Google actually releases Showy.

As of today, Google has made no official announcement on releasing Showy and the domain name does not resolve to a web page.

Discussion: Techmeme, Business Insider,, Android Police, San Francisco Chronicle, Electronista,, Softpedia, Marketing Land, Android Authority,, Yahoo! News and 9to5Google

Disputes News WIPO

Google Inc. files domain name dispute over Google TV typo —

Google TV

Google Inc. has filed a complaint over the domain name with WIPO, the World Intellectual Property Organization. 

The domain name appears to be a typo of Google’s own, which re-directs to the Google TV home page located at   According to Compete, a site that provides free information for every web address on the internet, the typo doesn’t even get enough traffic to be statistically relevant. 

A look at Whois records shows the name currently registered to a, xuyecheng

Over the years Google has filed dozens of cases at WIPO and won.  As far as back as 2000, Google won, but the company also goes after its other brands like which it won in 2010.

Googletv Domain Typos

A number of variations of such as and are registered to Google, however, many of the typos are not. 

The Domain Typo Finder provided by DomainTools, gives a clue as to what has been registered by individuals or organizations other than Google.

Once you type in the url googletv, results show dozens of typos already registered, and in many cases, to the same registrant. 

For example, “Song Bin”, is the registrant for,,,, and

Another possibility for the domain dispute, if not over a typo of, is over it’s country domain, for the country of Togo.