Apple's attempt to trademark the term multi-touch has been denied by the United States Patent and Trademark office.
The original filing to trademark the name was submitted by Apple on 9 January 2007 – the date the original iPhone launched but a ruling by the trademark trial and appeal board has insisted that the term cannot be claimed.
"…we find that 'multi-touch' not only identifies the technology, but also describes how a user of the goods operates the device," explained a statement from the board.
Multi-touch is now a familiar term to describe a touchscreen in which multiple points of contact can be interpreted.
So, Apple will not be claiming ownership of the term, which has now moved into common usage.