Apple Did Buy Rights to 'AirTag' Trademark, Source Confirms

Apple has bought the "AirTag" trademark for its rumored item tracking device from a Russian group of companies that specializes in RFID technology, according to a Russian media outlet.

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RBC reports that a group called ISBC, which describes itself as "The leading smart card and RFID tag manufacturer in Russia," recently sold Apple the "AirTag" trademark as part of an agreement that would see the group develop its products under a single brand, according to a source familiar with the details of the transaction.

In a statement posted on the ISBC website today, the group confirmed that it had completed a transaction to transfer the rights to the "AirTag" trademark, but said that details about buyer would not be disclosed under the terms of confidentiality.

ISBC® group of companies have decided to bet on enhancing development of its own products under a single namesake trademark ISBC®. This rebranding decision is very much conditioned by international deal on assignment of the trademark AIRTAG®.

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Transfer of RFID keyfobs from AIRTAG® brand to our flagship one - ISBC® - evidences our confidence in future of the product and solutions related. Confidentiality agreed does not allow us to disclose the deal in detail. But we may express our confidence the the future of AIRTAG® trademark we have envisaged and registered internationally will be bright, the whole world will learn and love the new product so named.

On Monday, the public release of iOS 13.2 revealed information suggesting Apple may be planning to call its rumored Tile-like item tracking accessory "AirTags."

Looking into the status of trademark activity surrounding the term, MacRumors came across some curious recent developments that could be signs of Apple acquiring the trademark rights, although a smoking gun concretely linking Apple to the activity was unavailable at the time.

Apple is rumored to be working on Tile-like Bluetooth trackers that can be used to keep track of items that are often lost, such as keys, wallets, and more.

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Multiple rumors have confirmed Apple's work on ‌‌AirTags‌‌, which are expected, based on leaked assets, to be little round circles that can be attached to your items to make them locatable through the Find My app right alongside your Apple devices.

‌‌AirTags‌‌ will connect to iPhones, iPads, Macs, and more via Bluetooth, and will leverage the ultra-wideband U1 chip in the newest iPhones for more precise indoor tracking that's unmatched by competitors.

As we found earlier this year, there will also be an augmented reality component that will let you use your device's camera to pinpoint exactly where a lost item might be. Longer-range tracking will also be available, and ‌‌AirTags‌‌ will likely take advantage of the offline crowd-sourced tracking feature that was added in ‌iOS 13‌.

There is no word on when ‌‌AirTags‌‌ will be released, but given that Apple has been adding new details to each beta, there's a possibility that the accessories are coming this year, perhaps even quite soon.

(Thanks, Sergey!)

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Top Rated Comments

jtrenthacker Avatar
27 months ago

what?
;)
HE SAID,
"I WANNA USE THIZ 2 C WHERE MY FEMALE GO DURING THE DAY I GONNA STICK IT 2 HER CAR AND DUNNO HER SHOES TOO THIZ IT’S PRETTY AWESOME APPLE AND I CAN ALSO TRACK MY PERRO AND ONE CAT WE HAVE DOG NAME IS BONES AND THE CAT DOESN’T HAVE NAME YET"
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
doelcm82 Avatar
27 months ago

I wanna use thiz 2 c where my female go during the day i gonna stick it 2 her car and dunno her shoes too thiz it’s pretty awesome apple
Your female is already tracking you, so why not?
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
rmoliv Avatar
27 months ago
I’m a pro at losing items so I won’t buy them until they launch the pro version.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
FlyingDutch Avatar
27 months ago

I wanna use thiz 2 c where my female go during the day i gonna stick it 2 her car and dunno her shoes too thiz it’s pretty awesome apple and i can also track my perro and one cat we have dog name is bones and the cat doesn’t have name yet
your female ? Is there really someone speaking like that ?
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
H.E. Pennypacker Avatar
27 months ago

Do people really use these things? I mean, I guess I can understand a need in some instances, but I've never lost any of the things mentioned in these types of ads for tags. I don't know anyone who has ever lost them either. I just don't see how this is some huge industry. Are people no longer capable of knowing where their wallet and keys are?
You don’t know anyone who’s lost their keys or wallets? Are you on the same planet as the rest of us bruh?
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
thei3ug Avatar
27 months ago

It's not really that but this seems to be a money grab rather than skating to wear the puck will be.
I don't think this is a money grab, or even the product, but rather the pitch. I think UWB and apple device networks as the direction.

Issue: Apple needs easy to understand use cases for UWB adoption, that focuses on the customer experience, and leverages Apple's device and software to enhance that experience.

Solution: Relatively low cost (to apple) discs with UWB/BT. The potential to be ubiquitous, and "invisible," in the sense that the user does not interact with them to work. BT covers existing devices. UWB uses with new.

Effect: Demonstrates value of UWB to consumer. Demonstrates efficacy of UWB to third party manufacturers. Apple can selectively open up API to control competition and adoption in typical Apple fashion. Enhances customer satisfaction with core "apple as a consumer service" while differentiating its hardware from an otherwise indistinguishable field of features. The "better than tile" is the consumer facing component of a broader strategic product offering.

I think the primary purpose is getting UWB adopted. Just as the abominable Animoji's were a way to push adoption of the 3D IR sensor.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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