In March 2017 Apple won a patent for sports oriented AirPods with biometrics & noise cancellation features. In June 2018 Bloomberg’s contacts hinted that next-gen AirPods may have biometrics. This week new trademark filings from Hong Kong and Europe show us that Apple is updating their AirPods classifications to cover such things as new ‘wellness sensors’ and more. Something that wasn’t present in their original trademark.
Apple’s original AirPods Registered Trademark issued on August 22, 2017 covered only international class 09 with the following coverage:
“Audio components and accessories; sound recording and reproducing apparatus; digital video recorders and players; remote control apparatus; audio speakers; earphones, headphones; microphones; voice recording and recognition apparatus; radios, radio transmitters, and receivers; handheld digital electronic devices and software related thereto; wireless communication devices for voice, data or image transmission; electrical and electronic connectors, couplers, wires, cables, chargers, docks, docking stations, interfaces, and adapters for use with all of the aforesaid goods.”
The new trademark filings in Europe and Hong Kong for AirPods greatly expand coverage for new possible features for AirPods. The new international classes include class 10, 14 and 28 as outlined below.
Class 10: General wellness instruments, namely, health, fitness, exercise, and wellness sensors, monitors, speakers and displays for measuring, displaying, tracking, reporting, monitoring, storing, and transmitting biometric data, heart rate, body movement, and calories burned; hearing aids; medical apparatus and instruments; apparatus for use in medical analysis; testing apparatus for medical purposes; pulse meters; thermometers for medical purposes; spirometers [medical apparatus]; dental apparatus; heart rate monitoring apparatus; ear plugs [ear protection devices]; feeding bottles; non-chemical contraceptives; hair prostheses; plaster bandages for orthopaedic purposes; suture materials.
Class 14: Horological and chronometric instruments; watches; clocks; timepieces; chronographs for use as timepieces; chronometers; watchstraps; watch bands; cases for watches, clocks, and horological and chronometric instruments; parts for watches, clocks, and horological and chronometric instruments; jewelry; alloys of precious metal; boxes of precious metal.
Class 28: Games and playthings; electronic hand-held game units; electric computer games, other than those adapted for use with television receivers; electrical and electronic amusement apparatus (automatic, coin/counter freed); video games other than those adapted for use with television receivers only; computer game apparatus other than coin operated or those adapted for use with television receivers; video output toys and games; interactive computer toys and games; stand-alone video game machines incorporating a means of display; computer games apparatus, electronic games apparatus and video games apparatus, not included in other classes; game consoles; protective films adapted for screens for portable games; computer game programs, portable games with liquid crystal displays; controllers for game consoles; rocking horses, pinball machines; pinball game machines (toys); musical toys, games and playthings; toy audio apparatus; toy musical boxes; toy musical instruments; toy record players for playing tunes and cassettes; battery operated toys; electronic toys; electronically operated toys and much more.
In the future, next-gen AirPods may work closely with Apple Watch as adding class 14 would strongly suggest.
AirPods TM Filing in-part from Hong Kong
AirPods TM Filing in-part from Europe