Maybe this iGravy iTrain is still running

Saw a report that Apple is being sued by an Arizona company for infringing on their name iCloud. The CNet story and comments from the ZDNet reflection detail a few other similar cases that Apple has run into recently and how they have had to pay for licensing other 'i' prefixed names and web domains.

This got me thinking. If I trademark a name or grab a web domain name that Apple needs in a few years, I could be rolling in the dough when they want to use it. But what will Apple be producing/promoting in 5-7 years that I could get in on now?  The first thought I had was for iClay, which would be virtual modeling clay or software to manipulate a virtual lump of clay (the results of which could be "printed" on a 3-D printer like the MakerBot Thing-O-Matic).

Less serious thoughts were iRobot (which I expected to be held by Isaac Asimov's estate, but is really a robot manufacturing company) and iTheJury (which I expected Mickey Spillane's estate to hold, but can't find any evidence [pun intended] to back up that idea).

I may already have a jump on this from my blog post "iBank, uBank, we all Bank @ eBank" from Februarly 2010. This covers three prefixed vowels in front of "Bank". It would be just my luck that if I went ahead with this get-rich-quick scheme that Apple would decide to let me sue them over the rights. Or, everyone else has had this same idea, well before me, and already sewn up the most obvious 'i' names.

Maybe I need to figure out what the next popular prefix letter will be and start trademarking those names. Of course, if it takes too long for the next wave of technology to adopt those names, they may belong to my estate and I'll never see a dime or I'll go broke from all of the trademark filing fees.

I think I should stick to programming.
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