In preparation for next month's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, it's always good to know in advance what to expect from the world's most important mobile show and a good source of information is - as always - the Global Certification Forum (GCF) as well as the Trademarks and Designs Registration Office of the European Union. While the GCF hasn't spilled any beans so far, the European Trademark and Design Office is showing some recently registered trademarks from HP/Palm, HTC, LG, Motorola, Samsung and Sony Ericsson which all have registered trademarks in December or January. Therefore it can be expected that these companies will show and launch new smartphones and/or tablets next month.
- HP/Palm has registered "Palmpad" as a trademark which somewhat confirms that HP Palm will indeed announce its first webOS tablet:
- HTC has registered two trademarks, the "HTC Sensation" and "HTC Passion" but not a single trademark which has the 7 as used for the companies like of Windows Phone 7 devices. Therefore it can be expected that the HTC Sensation and HTC Passion might be Android devices, either tablets and/or smartphones. On the other hand, HTC hasn't registered a single 7 trademark, therefore there's no proof that there won't be a Windows Phone 7 announced anyway:
- LG has also already registered a couple of trademarks under its Optimus brand, including the "Optimus Magnunm", "Optimus Hush", "Optimus Hush":
- Motorola has registered "Motorola Xoom" as a European trademark. While the Xoom tablet was announced at the recent CES already, so far it was only announced for a U.S. launch with Verizon Wireless but Motorola hasn't left a single word about a planned European launch. Now, after Motorola has registered Xoom as a European trademark, it might can expected that the Xoom will also hit Europe:
- Samsung has registered "Samsung MiON 4G" and there are no further information available what the MiON 4G might be, except that it will be - most likely - a 4G device. Also Samsung has neither registered Galaxy nor Tab before, therefore it's not a proof that Samsung won't announce a new Samsung Galaxy S smartphone or Samsung Tab tablet at the Mobile World Congress:
- Sony Ericsson has registered a couple of trademarks under the Xperia brand which includes the recently announced "Xperia Arc" as well as the "Xperia Neo", "Xperia Duo" and "Xperia Play". Since Sony Ericsson used to use the Xperia brand for both - Windows Mobile and Android smartphones - it could be both. However, it's most likely that the Xperia Neo, Xperia Duo and Xperia Play will be Android devices:
Lust but not least, no interesting trademarks were registered by Asus, Acer, Microsoft or Google. As always, there's no assurance that devices under the above registered trademarks are announced at the upcoming Mobile World Congress and especially from Samsung and Motorola I expect some further announcements, but it's definitely a good indication of what we might can expect.
Cheers ~ Arne