Trademarks: iHand, iArm, Mobile Cloud — From Apple?

January 15, 2010

We’ve already seen how Apple uses beard companies to cover its tracks for trademark filings — iSlate and iGuide. Some of these filings go back several years, too.

I’ve stumbled across a bunch of odd trademarks tonight that I thought were under another Apple beard company, but now I’m not so sure.

Nonetheless, I’m posting this to open it up to others to comment on or to follow up.

The filings are under the name Delson Group, which is located in Cupertino, California.

The website’s home page does nothing, but a second Google result opens it up to an About page and from there the rest of the website.

One of those pages has this curious thing:

In the monthly SV Executive Club meeting in Palo Alto, Calif., Jan. 13th, 2007, Prof. Willie W. Lu reiterated that “Apple’s iPhone will become the successful 4G mobile phone by the OWA technology platform”, “iPhone is targeted for the service-oriented and application-oriented mobility platform which should be based on various air interfaces (wireless standards). The multi-layered various air interfaces must rely on Open Wireless Architecture (OWA) technology to be implemented in a future-proven mobile phone. Therefore, without OWA, iPhone is not a future service-oriented mobile phone!”, said Prof. Lu.

Now it could very well be a legitimate company. However, what are they doing trademarking iHand and iArm? And there’s one trademark I particularly like that sounds very Apple-like: Mobile Cloud.

What’s also strange: there’s no Attorney of Record associated with these filings.

Delson Group has several other filings, but I’m limiting this post to these. Others who are interested in doing further digging can start here and then go to TESS at the USPTO for the rest.

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Gaiman And Palmer To Merge

January 15, 2010

He Who Is Always On Top Of Pop — aka @russmarshalek — clued me into the news.

Neil Gaiman And Amanda Palmer, Engaged!

There are things I could type about this. However, this is one time to STFU and simply say this: Congratulations. I hope you will both be very happy.

Previously here:

The Amanda Fucking Palmer Effect
Pay The Artist!


I Must Read Writer Cathi Unsworth

January 15, 2010

The Ladies of Noir: A Roundtable Discussion

Cathi Unsworth quotes from that:

Noir writers, as opposed to straight crime fiction writers, are also to me the most beautiful prose writers. My hair stands on end with awe when I read my favourites — David Peace, Derek Raymond, James Ellroy, Nelson Algren — all of whom nail the places and the people who live in them so well because they have so much compassion. Their work isn’t dark to me; it is the guiding light.

Oh yes. That’s exactly it for me too: my hair stands on end!

Also:

Derek Raymond was my first inspiration, who I met when he made an album with my friends Gallon Drunk in 1993. It was just in time to save me from the horror of Britpop that was about to unfold, and thanks to him, I spent the next decade getting lost in the 70-odd years of hardboiled and noir fiction that had until then been an undiscovered country to a girl obsessed by music. Then I was fortunate enough to meet the great Noir writers Martyn Waites and Ken Bruen, both of whom encouraged me that I did have enough talent to take that leap myself and write a book. What inspires and informs my writing is my experience of 40 years on this troubled planet and the rage that it engenders, my complete nosiness and glowering sense of injustice, and a perpetual soundtrack of music that goes with the writing.

And I am so jealous:

You cite Derek Raymond as a major influence. Was meeting him a bit like coming home?

Unsworth: I think he was the most exciting person I have ever met. Strange, I know, when you consider that I was 25 or 26 and he was 63 or 64. But the energy and the amazing analytical brainpower coming off that man were like nothing I have ever experienced before, and brilliant things went on around him all the time. Ask anyone who knew him and they will tell you the same thing, he just made everyone around him feel very happy. Reading his book I Was Dora Suarez was a turning point in my life, it showed me the direction I needed to go down, although it took me another ten years to get there, as I said before, a decade of feasting on the finest crime fiction, before I was ready to begin.

Previously here:

Derek Raymond: Read ALL Of His Work


Derek Raymond: Read ALL Of His Work

January 15, 2010


Writer Derek Raymond in trademark beret

Catching up on The Rap Sheet‘s tribute series to legendary writer Derek Raymond. Two installments in this post.

The Book You Have to Read: “I Was Dora Suarez,” by Derek Raymond by writer Cathi Unsworth.

Cook risked it all with his 1990 novel, I Was Dora Suarez.

He did! Unfortunately, it was difficult to me to get Derek Raymond’s novels years ago, so I read I Was Dora Suarez as the first one. That was a mistake, because it’s a book you must work up to by reading the preceding three in the Factory series.

It was the most devastating novel I’d ever read. Nothing has even come near it since. And I don’t think anything ever will.

And this is the final installment in The Rap Sheet tribute series, done by writer Ray Banks, who is no slouch himself. I recommend Banks too.

The Book You Have to Read: “Dead Man Upright,” by Derek Raymond

[Y]ou don’t read Raymond for the realism, you read him for his worldview, and that worldview is shot through with a Jacobean sense of moral decay.

Additional:

Derek Raymond Tribute site
Rare Derek Raymond photograph
Derek Raymond’s current publisher

Previously at Mike Cane’s Blog:

Derek Raymond: He Makes All Others Look Like Shit

Previously at Mike Cane 2008:

Writer Derek Raymond
Writer Derek Raymond Tribute

Previously here:

The Immortal Writer Derek Raymond
Derek Raymond Still Lives
Derek Raymond Is Your Year-End Reading
God Bless Writer Derek Raymond
Derek Raymond