Apple has filed trademark motions for its official app iPhone and iPad icons, treating each of them pretty much as logos, with descriptions that go into minute detail.
Here's the description for the MobileMe iDisk: "the mark consists of a rectangle with rounded corners depicting a stylized white cloud on a blue background." The icons are submitted in huge size, which might be of interest to designers.
As for the sheer idea of trying to trademark mobile app icons, let's put it like this: if Apple gets the trademark, then we guess it makes sense.
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