Apple has been awarded the trademark for the “There's an app for that” phrase used by the company to market and advertise iOS devices.
According to TUAW, the company had filed for the trademark rights to the phrase in 4 December, 2009, and has been using it advertise its products since then.
Apple uses the phrase to promote the iTunes App Store used by its iOS devices users for downloading and purchasing applications.
The Apple trademark pertains to: “Retail store services featuring computer software provided via the Internet and other computer and electronic communication networks; retail store services featuring computer software for use on handheld mobile digital electronic devices and other consumer electronics.”
The phrase has been the butt of many jokes on Apple in the past years and will continue to be so with due recognition of Apple's ownership of the trademark. However, use of the phrase for commercial gains, without asking permission from Apple, may lead to some serious litigation.