Date of prep: December 2020
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The online technology company Amazon has submitted an application register a trademark against the term ‘Amazon Pharmacy’.
The move follows their acquisition of the pharmacy company PillPack in 2017.
The UK application was filed on 9th January 2020 and can be viewed on the UK intellectual property office website.
Trademarks are registered under one or more classes. These classes describe the nature of the trademarked entity. The ‘Amazon pharmacy’ trademark has been registered under the following classes:
5, 9, 10, 20, 21, 35, 36, 39, 42 and 44.
We have highlighted the classes most relevant to pharmacy below.
“Surgical, medical, dental and veterinary apparatus and instruments; medical apparatus and instruments; medical apparatus for facilitating the inhalation of pharmaceutical preparations; inhalers for medical use; cups for dispensing medicine; testing apparatus for medical purposes.”
“Containers, not of metal, for storage or transport; commercial dispensers for pills or capsules, sold empty; plastic medication containers; medical storage apparatus, namely, plastic pill dispensers, plastic pill containers, medication cases, and non-metal plastic boxes for storing pills and medication.”
“Personal dispensers for pills or capsules for domestic use; personal medical storage apparatus, namely, plastic pill dispensers, plastic containers for storing and organizing medications and vitamins, and non-metal boxes for storing pills; lotion containers sold empty for domestic use.”
“Transport; packaging and storage of goods; travel arrangement; delivery of goods; delivery of goods by mail order; distribution services, namely, delivery of prescription medication; packaging of medication; pharmacy packaging service that aligns, sorts and packages a patient’s medications by date and time into individual packets.”
PIP has approached a range of stakeholders in UK pharmacy for comment.
Pharmacy in Practice is a UK pharmacy publication with its roots in Scotland.