Apple acquires ‘AirDrop’ from Android developer

9 to 5 Mac
by Christian Zibreg

Patently Apple reports that Apple has successfully transferred the “Airdrop” trademark from Urban Airship, Inc., a company behind the AirDrop service that provides marketing services to Android developers. AirDrop in Apple’s world, of course, is a new Lion feature that lets the user easily share files with other nearby users. The trademark was transferred to Apple on May 11 and effective on June 9.

Apparently, “there was no financial transaction disclosure made available with this transfer”. Patently Apple also discovered that Apple filed for the ‘AirDrop’ trademark in China and another one in Canada related to the Photo Stream feature of the iCloud service which automatically uploads and syncs up to a thousand most recent photos across each authorized iOS device.


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