Hearing Aid Company Sues Apple For Trademark Infringement Over EarPods

They look so similar, right?

They look so similar, right?

Randolph Divisions makes the HearPod, a digital hearing aid. The company has owned the “HearPod” trademark since 2007, and it recently filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against Apple in Hawaii District Court. Apparently “HearPod” and “EarPods” sound too much alike.

Apple also owns a trademark for its EarPods, but it doesn’t own the earpods.com or earpod.com domain names—Randolph Divisions happens to own the latter.

With the kind of cash Apple has in the bank, Randolph Divisions will likely be paid off to settle this lawsuit.

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