I think my iPhone is a great invention, made even greater by the many software applications that you can download for it. But as 95 percent of my cable channels demonstrate, even the greatest inventions can be put to utterly stupid uses.
iFart Mobile takes Pull My Finger to court
Posted on February 13, 2009 02:38 PM by Joel Comm
My team and I came up with the idea for an iPhone fart application in summer of 2008. We knew it would be a hit. . . . We took great pride in developing iFart Mobile. It was more than another iPhone application. It was a true entertainment machine . . . .
I've got nothing against the people who make Pull My Finger. In my opinion, their app was inferior to ours. My team and I strongly believed that when people were given a choice between the two, iFart would be the clear winner. . . .
As a very small part of my marketing I uploaded a video to YouTube called "iFart Mobile – Pull My Finger" intending to leverage the term commonly used to set off flatulence. I never imagined a common phrase like that would qualify for Federal trademark status, and I don't believe it does. However, Air-O-Matic, the people that developed Pull My Finger, beg to differ. Since we did our first press release and linked the common phrase "pull my finger" to our app, they have been contacting us and asking us to stop. . . .
[Instead,] Air-O-Matic, Inc. is being served with a Complaint for Declaratory Judgment today. I was willing to negotiate with them, but I will not be harrassed [sic] into paying them money just because our application was more popular and sold more units than theirs. By rejecting my offer to discuss with them, we have incurred a loss of precious time and resources, not to mention legal fees. I intend to receive recompense.