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However, Apple's HealthKit is not an actual product name, and is simply an API

Apple was long rumored to be developing a health-centric platform for iOS 8 that would allow iPhone users to closely monitor personal health and fitness data. Before the official announcement at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco, CA, the name for the service was widely reported to be Healthbook.
But when the official announcement was made, we learned that the app itself is simply called Health, while the API is called HealthKit. According to Apple:
HealthKit allows apps that provide health and fitness services to share their data with the new Health app and with each other. A user’s health information is stored in a centralized and secure location and the user decides which data should be shared with your app.
Now it appears that at least one company would like to have a few words with Apple over the name HealthKit. HealthKit is actually the name of an Australian startup that specializes in “[Bringing] together practitioners, patients and people everywhere to make health efficient, effective and accessible all over the world.”

Patients are able to use the HealthKit software to streamline administrative tasks while patients can use it to track and manage your health online as well as share your medical records with practitioners.
A HealthKit exec took to the company’s blog to vent about Apple’s apparent lack of research to see if the HealthKit name had already been used. “Someone had emailed me to ask whether Apple stomped all over your name or did we do a secret deal with them,” said the exec in the blog posting.

The exec goes on to state:
HealthKit is already in use, by us! Even the way they write it is the same as us. I'm flattered that they like our name so much and that it's a ringing endorsement for our market opportunity (which we already knew). However, as an Apple fan, I feel let down. They didn't feel that they had to do a quick domain search - it would have taken 5 seconds to type into their browser and discover us.
It should be noted that Apple's HealthKit is simpy the name of the API and is not a front-facing product name that will be seen by consumers -- that's the actual Health app. So we don't know how much of a fight that HealthKit the company can put up against Apple.

Sources: MarketWatch, HealthKit

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RE: crApple deserves it
By tonyswash on 6/4/2014 6:42:30 PM , Rating: -1
This is an interesting comment on the topic of copying:

The article includes this sentence:

Good copying learns from another’s innovation and then applies it in a novel way to a new context in a way that doesn’t diminish the source invention

I think tech companies (including Apple) copy ideas, inspirations and directions from each other all the time, they all swim in the same river of innovation which is flowing in a particular direction.

I do however think, as they article points out, that there is such a thing as bad copying. Hard to define but I know it when I see it. I think the way that Google behaved towards it's close partner Apple in the run up to the launch of Android was pretty shabby and within that shabbiness was an element of bad copying. I also think that during Samsung's initial big push to quickly catch up with Apple and dominate the Android market involved a lot of bad copying (they plastered their Samsung shops with iOS icons for christ sake).

Samsung has eased off considerably on the bad copying in relation to Apple and Google's past behaviour is water under the bridge (although Apple's revenge, as demonstrated at WWDC this week, will be long, cold blooded and multifaceted).

Apple alienated a vocal minority and marginally tarnished it's reputation through it's aggressive legal strategy but the alternative, doing nothing, was far riskier. Apple had two huge breakthrough products, both based on the same iOS platform, that redefined two markets and were the underpinnings of massive commercial growth. It is utterly committed to building it's iOS platform and of bringing very carefully crafted and designed products to market. Doing nothing about crass, blatant and bad copying of it's products and designs would be catastrophically weak and so the (non-financial) costs of it's legal strategy is the least poor option. That strategy has been, it seems so far on balance, a success in that the other device makers are now far more cautious about crass copying. Which is all that Apple wanted.

I think the smart phone legal wars have almost run their course and the whole global smart phone related legal bandwagon will begin to slowly fade away over the next few years. A similar arc of rapidly accelerating legal conflicts and then a slow fade to relative legal peace and stability has occurred in many other industrial and commercial sectors when a period of rapid change occurs, when fortunes are made and lost, when some companies triumph and some founder. It's just the way of things. But taken in a broader historical context the smart phone legal wars will be a fairly trivial part of this decades tech story.

RE: crApple deserves it
By retrospooty on 6/4/2014 6:56:45 PM , Rating: 1
"I do however think, as they article points out, that there is such a thing as bad copying. Hard to define but I know it when I see it."

I suppose I don't need to read further than that line. Let me go out on a limb and guess that when Apple copies its the good kind, and when Apples competitors copy its the bad kind right? - No surprises there ;)

"I think the smart phone legal wars have almost run their course and the whole global smart phone related legal bandwagon will begin to slowly fade away over the next few years."

I'll drink to that. I really hope so, but not holding my breath.

A few weeks back it looked promising.

Then last week, Apple back to its crap.

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