Samsung files for “Vita OS” trademark – another mobile OS?

Samsung is yet to show us what its newly-announced Bada OS is all about. Until we see any Bada phones, though, we have to mention that Samsung could be readying another mobile OS called Vita OS – or maybe that’s just an alternative name for Bada, we can’t know for sure.

What we do know is that Samsung filed for a “Samsung Vita OS” trademark on October 22, 2009, with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) – one day after it filed for the Bada OS trademark.

Like the Bada OS trademark, the Vita OS one is related to “mobile phones; mobile phone operating system software installed in mobile phones”, so it’s obvious that Samsung wanted or still wants to use this name for its mobile platform.

On December 23 last year, Samsung has also registered samsungvita.com, although there’s nothing to see there at the moment.

Samsung Vita OS

Samsung Vita website

Launching two different mobile OSes wouldn’t really make sense, so the Vita name (vita means life in Italian, by the way) may be just a cover in case the Bada naming would somehow fail. How could it fail? Well, someone posted a comment at SamsungHub, saying that this may have “something to do with a trademark problem that could affect the European trademark of bada. There is a company in Germany that could block the German and EU registration of Samsung’s bada trademark ‘cause it’s using an almost identical looking trademark in the same category.”

Said company’s website is this one – but I can’t see any Bada references there.

We’ll bring more details about Samsung’s Vita OS as soon as new relevant info shows up.

Author: Ilinca Nita

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