Apple is being sued over iPhone X's new 'Animoji' feature

Apple sued over 'Animoji' trademark, allegedly tried to buy IP rights prior to iPhone X debut

Susman Godfrey on Wednesday filed suit against Apple Inc. on behalf of a Japanese company that says the tech giant ripped off the trademark for "Animoji" when it announced a feature for the moving graphics at last month's iPhone X launch. The company's CEO is a USA citizen living in Japan and is listed as a plaintiff in the suit. Apple's face recognition technology allows for such incredible yet amusing things to happen on the new iPhone X. Unlike similar features rolled out by other messaging services, moving graphics sent by Animoji can be viewed by anyone, even users who do not have the app installed. According to the lawsuit, Apple sought to cancel Bonansea's trademark based on his company not existing at the time it was filed. This feature lets user choose a particular Emoji and it will turn this emoji into real life expression as per your choice.

App Store screenshot showing an early version of emonster's Animoji app.

In the September 12 launch event of Apple, Chief Marketing Officer Phil Schiller said that the animoji feature is a "great experience" for communicating with family and friends. The app is described as "fast, free and easy-to-use tool to animate your text and email messages". Apple itself removed an ANIMOJI-infringing third party app from Apple's App Store after Plaintiffs requested it.

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He said some non-state actors and enemy agencies were behind Shehzadi's kidnapping and that she was recovered from their custody. In March 2016, Zeenat Shahzadi's heart-broken brother Saddam also committed suicide at the abduction of her sister.

According to Emonster kk, Apple began trying to buy its trademark in the summer of 2017. Emonster has filed for another application. In the petition, Apple has wrote that the Emonster registered the trademark to a nonexistent business and for that reason, there is no any ownership on the trademark "Animoji". Apple's "Animoji" feature deliberately infringes on Plaintiffs' ANIMOJI mark. "Instead of using the creativity on which Apple developed its worldwide reputation, Apple simply plucked the name from a developer on its own App Store", the complaint reads.

Fully aware of the Plaintiffs' ANIMOJI mark, Apple made a decision to take the name and try to show to the world that "Animoji" was original to Apple.

In the lawsuit filed in a U.S. federal court, Emonster said: "Apple made the conscious decision to try to pilfer the name for itself". Stay tuned with us for more such useful updates in the coming days.

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