Apple sued for falsely indicating it has the trademark for Memoji (Update)

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What you need to know

  • Apple is being sued for falsely claiming it owns the federal registration for Memoji.
  • Social Technologies filed the lawsuit today and seeks an injuction to stop Apple from claiming it has the federal registration.
  • Apple does have the Memoji registraion in other countries, but not the U.S.

Updated 10/1/19: Apple has replaced MEMOJI® with Memoji™ on its trademark list.

Apple is being sued by Social Technologies LLC for alleging it has the federal registration for the Memoji trademark. Social Technologies argues that it has the federal registration, not Apple.

According to MacRumors, the lawsuit was filed today against Apple, who has included MEMOJI® in its trademark list since June 2019. However, Social Technologies says it owns the federal registration and thus seeks an injunction to stop Apple from using the MEMOJI® mark on its site.

Apple does has registered the Memoji trademark in other countries, but one country it does not is the U.S.

Apple has filed two trademark registration with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, but both have been suspended as it battles out the trademark with Social Technologies in court.

This marks the second time Social Technologies has sued Apple. The first instance came back in September 2018 for trademark infringement on Memoji.

Danny Zepeda