Trademark filings discovered for Healthbook, HealthKit and iResearch

By , May 30, 2014

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With Apple’s WWDC keynote now just a few days away, speculation regarding what the company will announce on Monday is heating up. We saw the iOS 8 and OS X banners earlier today, and now we have some mysterious trademark filings.

The folks over at MacRumors have discovered several trademark applications related to the term ‘Healthbook,’ which is a new app rumored for iOS 8. The documents don’t say they were filed by Apple, but looking at the clues, it’s fairly obvious…

Here’s more from MacRumors’ Eric Slivka:

MacRumors has now discovered several trademark applications related to the Healthbook name, and while information on the applications available online does not directly link them to Apple, circumstantial evidence suggests that they are indeed Apple’s filings. The filings were made earlier this year in Trinidad and Tobago, one of Apple’s favored early trademark filing locations. 

First is a pair of filings protecting Healthbook itself and a two-word variation of Health Book. Rumors and a leaked screenshot have indicated that Apple has been planning to use the one-word variation, but it is understandable that Apple would want to protect both versions. The applications were filed on February 3 of this year, just days after the name was publicly revealed.

Slivka goes on to say that two different trademark applications for ‘Apple CarPlay’ were filed on the same day—about a month before the feature was announced—as the above filings, which adds further weight to the theory that they are Apple’s.

Additionally, several other trademark applications were filed the following day for related terms like ‘HealthKit’ and ‘iResearch.’ It’s not clear what these could be, but Slivka postulates that they could be related to developer and other platform tools.

Healthbook (Main screen 001)Healthbook concept by 9to5Mac

And if that’s not enough proof, it’s worth noting that all of these trademark applications were filed under international classes like ‘computer software,’ ‘medical apparatus,’ jewelry and watches,’ and ‘computer hardware and software development services.’

According to reports, the Healthbook app will resemble Passbook in design, and act as a bank for various health and fitness data. It’s expected to be announced next Monday alongside iOS 8, and should play an integral role in Apple’s ‘iWatch’ project.

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  • Eric M

    What’s the obsession with not having patience? Its only a few days away and then you would know what was gonna be announced without having to speculate. To go through what patents were filed just to try and see whats gonna be announced seems a bit extreme?! JMHO. Is it an effort to steal one’s thunder?

    • jack

      ppl love the suspense…..

      • Eric M

        I agree jack but it seems like around every corner there is someone trying to take it away.

      • jack

        I agree.. and some of these rumors are pathetic

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        Lets be honest though at Christmas you know what you’re getting. You’ll typically get what you want and the suspense / excitement comes from everything else you may or may not get…

    • Guest

      so it is!

  • Your Mother

    Apple interested in fitness now that Samsung is doing it, and watches and phablets.

    • Cameron Nottingham

      Samsung actually heard about Apple’s plan for Healthbook, and Samsung coincidentally announce theres just a couple of days before WWDC.

      • Kurt

        S-Health is over a year old. Can’t believe you got so many up votes

      • Your Mother

        Because that’s what they do on this site, regardless of facts. Just say something against Samsung or give Apple credit they don’t deserve and you get points.

      • Kurt

        True true…next samsung post from IDB, I’m going to rail against Samsung and see how many up votes will come my way. Note 3 is still best phone. Apples 5.5″ once come close. No s-pen, no IR blaster, no this no that, etc

      • Your Mother

        Samsung had S health on the S4 in 2012 so what are you talking about.

    • N&LH

      Samsung smart watches have poor reviews.

      • Your Mother

        By Apple fans yes. Apple fans will criticize anything that Apple does not have.

    • Rowan09

      Ever heard of Nike + it’s been around since IOS 5. Dell made the first “phablet” so how is Apple following Samsung since they followed Dell? HTC made the first successful big screen phone with the Evo and HD2. Smart watches existed before Samsung and how do you even give them credit when the Pebble is the most successful and was released before the Gear.

      • Kurt

        Dell made a 5.0″. Samsung made a 5.5″ which Apple is copying. Everyone knows that. Samsung made it popular Apple and all others are following/copying. Bug deal, just admit it. I can admit it so can you. It’s easy, just try.

      • https://www.behance.net/AndersTengberg Reymond

        Who cares if someone is copying? its good with competition.

      • Kurt

        That’s what I say all the time. I say, I want more copying.

      • Rowan09

        It is great for competition but if the definition of copying is making the same product that would be false. Timex makes watches and so does Rolex but no one would say Timex copied Rolex just because they both make watches.

      • Your Mother

        Apple accused Samsung of copying the first iPad when Samsung already made several tablets years before. But more than that is the fact that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 looks entirely different than the iPad.

      • Rowan09

        Samsung made a tablet like the iPad years before? What was the name of the tablet? Since you are a patent lawyer what did Samsung or Apple steal from each other?

      • Your Mother

        I can’t remember the exact name but I have it on my laptop (I’m on my iPad Air right now) but it was something like UMP or UGM or something. There was a series of them, first one was in 2006 or there about–so it was even before the iPhone let alone the iPad.

        There was also the Q1 which had…..drumroll, a fingerprint scanner. So when the 2014 iPad is released with FP scanner, everyone on this site including the people who manage it will swear Samsung is copying Apple when the next Galaxy is released with it also. So like the gold iPhone fiasco, Samsung had about half dozen or so gold colored phones.

        What will you say when Apple finally puts a NFC chip in an iPhone and when they make a 5″ or bigger iPhone?

        The iPad mini was a direct response to 7″ tablets that became very popular.

      • Rowan09

        Tablets existed before the iPad that’s nothing new, but the form the iPad and other tablets are being used is new and I’m not sure if the old tablets had capacitive screens. Who the hell said Apple invented the fingerprint scanner? Come on man with your trolling, Apple made the most reliable mobile scanner as all the others I knew of and used were swipe scanners. If you are trying to say all the other mobile scanners are the same as Apples scanner you are just lying. The Mini may have been the answer to a smaller tablet but it also serves as a cheaper alternative. Small tablets are not popular, so stop making up lies, there are absolutely no numbers to even try and prove your point.

      • Your Mother

        now you’re just mindlessly rambling. let’s stay focused on facts, leave opinions to the immature fan boys crowding this site.

      • Your Mother

        I agree, only Apple fans throw around the copying label and make a big deal of it.

      • Rowan09

        You’ve been throwing around the copying label I never said anyone copied.

      • Rowan09

        I said Samsung made it popular with the S3 not the Note series, it wasn’t until after the S3s success that people started looking for bigger phones. Samsung was not first or second like you are making it seem, but they did make it popular.

      • Kurt

        S3 was only 4.7″

      • Rowan09

        Yes but the S3 is what made Samsung popular and it was a big screen phone then the Note 2 came out and “phablets” were born.

      • Kurt

        Didn’t the term originate with the Note 1? It was hugely popular here, but note two and three the sales have sky rocketed. That’s probably the main reason iPhones have been free the past year and half for iPhone 5 and now iPhone 5s. Before then from 3GS to 4S, the iPhone dominated.

      • Your Mother

        The S3 didn’t make larger screens popular, there were other phones before it.

      • Rowan09

        Give some proof behind your opinion?

      • N&LH

        “Apple and all others are following/copying”, Hehehe, Samsung is ripping off all competitors. Just releasing products based on Apple rumors and ripping off ideas like Google glasses.

        They always want to be the first, but the result is poor reviews. Just look at their smart watch. Just keep releasing different smart watches have different sizes and prices and see which one stick. This their strategy with all their products .

      • Kurt

        Samsung definitely copies. What does that have to do with anything? Are you hurt that I exposed Apple for copying too? How dare I do such a thing!

      • N&LH

        No,

      • N&LH

        But Samsung is too annoying

      • Kurt

        Agreed. They are too obvious. Apple waits longer. Not samsung

      • N&LH

        They even used to rip off ads

      • Kurt

        Very true, and even the chargers!

      • N&LH

        Yes right

      • Kurt

        Hopefully Apple can one day make a better phone than the Note 3 is now. Not so sure they are willing though :-(

      • Rowan09

        Why is the Note 3 the best device in your opinion?

      • Kurt

        My opinion, I’ll leave out facts…

        Screen size is perfect.
        Battery life lasts so long I leave screen on and don’t care even when traveling. iPhone I had to be so careful.
        Swappable battery isn’t even needed, though my wife uses it occasionally.
        Charges soooo fast
        S-pen is so useful when on a phone call and you need to jot down notes or a number.used it yesterday
        Split screen is awesome when on the subway. I watch a YouTube video and chat or read articles at the same time. For a legit movie you want to only watch but info wars and the like you can do both chatting and watching/listening.
        4K video, when played on a 1080p screen it uses all individual pixels. Normal 1080p mobile cameras replicate three pixel as for each pixel with its own info. Plus you can set the note 3 up and shoot in one direction, then in software zoom in to 1080p and then pan around! Very useful and professional looking.
        Great speaker for a phone of course
        Most beautiful phone. I don’t like metal or glossy plastic, I love this plastic for many benefits, scratch less, light, removable battery. Front of phone is not flat color, but has a design, very elegant.
        IR blaster, loveeeee having the ability to change channels with a tap on a picture of a show I want to watch. Makes finding something to watch incredibly easy.
        Telling the temp and humidity of my room or location is useful. Don’t know any other phone that can do that.
        One click and all apps are closed
        Sharing music with my wife, no more

      • Kurt

        No more sharing a headset, (one earbud each) also the same for video…I doubt you’re reading this. But I can make a long list for iPhone too, but iPhone just lacks too much. What it does well it does well and that’s that. Something’s Apple is best at, but what’s most important to me Samsung does better or Apple just doesn’t do. Other things Apple does best. For a phablet, I don’t think Apple can do better than samsung. But for below 5″ phones I think Apple can be considered best in class with the iPhone 6, as long as battery life doesn’t still suck.

      • Rowan09

        Who’s the real Kurt?

      • Rowan09

        Oh ok. Good for you bro.

      • Rowan09

        The problem is you haven’t exposed anything. Does Apple do things first in most cases no so if refining is copying them everyone copies and this argument is pointless. My argument is S-Health is not the first health based app so to say since Apple is now focusing on health (even though Nike + on IOS 5 predates S-Health) is copying Samsung is making it seem like Samsung started a category and they didn’t. Everything now is being focused on health so it’s no surprise when the “iWatch” is supposf to be released Apple is focusing on health. Ask yourself how many people with a Samsung device uses S-Health or if I ask them do they know what S-Health is they would know. Samsung did not create the category and is only paying special interest now to one up Apple, which they are suppose to do.

      • Kurt

        S-health is extremely popular. You’re pretending it’s not. It’s what started all the rage. That’s why we have the health book app coming out. That’s what you don’t get. S health is very popular and useful

      • Burge

        Large screen phones where made before Samsung made one they just made it too big.
        As for Apple copying a 5.5 inch phone I don’t see one yet so prove it. You made a statement based on a rumour and you made it as though it was fact.

      • Kurt

        Sorry, Samsung is copying apple based on rumors of devices Samsung hasn’t released. But Apple isn’t. Apple doesn’t copy. And Steve jobs never made a comment about good artists copy and great ones steal.

        Reality is Apple is copying from Samsung what Samsung is making popular just as Samsung has copied. You are so biased its pathetic.have some self worth and don’t idolize a company.

      • Burge

        Your quoting rumour as fact where is this 5.5″ Apple device. Yes all company’s copy each other I’am not auguring with that.

      • Rowan09

        So since LG made a 6.0 anyone that makes a 6.0 phone is copying? How can you coin a size? Dell made a 5.0 and 7.0 so Samsung copied them with the Note 1& 2, the S4 and galaxy tab? Come on this is not the meaning of copying man.

      • Kurt

        Apple was third or fourth bring out a finger print scanner, but Apple made it popular and others are copying apple. Sorry to say this because it will hurt your feelings but apple is coping samsung as they made phablets popular. Where did the power button go? Same exact place as on my note. Why deny this? It’s like the liberals denying Obama is the worst president.

      • Rowan09

        Do you even understand why the power would be moved? It’s not the only phone that has the power button on the side. Every big phone has the power button on the side because it would be harder to reach the top. Man you are truly amazing. I own a Note 2 but you make Samsung seem as if they created and started everything. Apple had a huge amount of blood pressure monitors, scales, heartbeat monitors specifically designed for the iPhone and Samsung didn’t have anything until after Apple did so how could Apple have copied them? Samsung did not start the health field or apps, stop trying to give them credit for everything. Man the power button on the side is Samsung too so everyone else is copying them?

      • Kurt

        Apple is copying Samsung. Nothing new. If there was no S-health app there would be no healthbook app.thats if app can pull it off. They are unable to properly do split screen. “The most advanced mobile system in the world.” What a joke

      • Your Mother

        Same logic applies to all the things you give Apple credit for. Things like smart phones, tablets, app stores etc.

  • Guest

    yes sir