Court rules ‘Memoji’ trademark holder created app just to sue Apple

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Social Tech, creator of the “Memoji” app, had created it solely to bolster its ongoing case against Apple.

Social Tech began suing Apple in 2018, alleging that the company had infringed on its Android app of the same name.However, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has found that Social Tech has no protectable rights regarding the use of the word “Memoji,” as the company failed to use it legitimately in commerce. While the company had held the trademark on the word “Memoji” since 2016, the Memoji app was not made publicly available until 2018 — after Apple had announced its Memoji feature.

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