According to a report by MacRumors (via Consomac), Apple filed new trademark applications with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office last month for Beats 2, 3, 4, and 5 radio stations. The applications were filed for the word marks B2, B3, B4, and B5 as well as for the matching marks Beats Two, Beats Three, Beats Four, and Beats Five. The source notes that the applications are currently in review by the USPTO.
Goods and Services: broadcasting and transmission of voice, data, images, music, audio, video, multimedia, television, and radio by means of telecommunications networks; broadcast and transmission of streamed music, audio, video, and multimedia content by means of telecommunications networks; matching users for the transfer of music, audio, video, and multimedia by means of telecommunications networks; providing access to websites, databases, electronic bulletin boards, on-line forums, directories, music, and video and audio programs
The report says that all of the four trademark applications are assigned to “Beats Electronics, LLC”, and have the same logo that Apple uses for its Beats 1 radio station. All of them are listed under broadcasting- and streaming music-related categories, which suggests that Apple may be planning to soon expand its Beats radio network. Also, Apple’s existing licensing terms allow it to create up to five additional radio stations like Beats 1 without needing to negotiate new terms.
Previously, it has been reported that Apple has registered domains such as beats2.com.cn, beats2.hk, and beats4.com.ru in various countries around the world. While the company’s Beats 1 radio station is broadcast worldwide, it may soon offer radio stations in different languages and musical preferences globally.