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Apple Receives Trademark for Word ‘280’. Really?

iPhone maker Apple has bagged yet another US Trademark - this time it’s the number “280”.

However, it is not going to be some brand new Apple product that the newly acquired trademark is aimed at, but it’s the logo for the company’s popular Maps icon.

Now, for those who are clueless about why the number 280 made it to Apple’s map logo, the reason is fairly simple - the Interstate 280 passes right by Apple’s Cupertino, California based headquarters.

The trademark acquired by Apple, involves both the logo as well as the “word” in it. The description reads: “The mark consists of a gray map with streets in gray and white and highways in yellow and orange, a highway sign in blue, yellow and red bearing the number “280? in white, and a gray and red pin,” Cult of Mac reports.

Apparently, Apple wants to ensure that no other companies come up with a similar logo and design for their own mapping services, which, if not taken care of, could eventually lead to serious confusion amongst users.

Thankfully, it also means that the trademark is not aimed at us and we can keep on using the number 280, however we want, without really angering Mr. Steve Jobs.