buckworks - 12:30 am on Sep 28, 2010 (gmt 0)
Apple doesn't have a lock on the word "pod", just its use in contexts that would be confusingly similar to its trademarked usage. The same word can be trademarked by more than one company but the uses have to be completely different.
The point of contention here is a video projector that includes "pod" in its name. That's close enough to both what the iPod does and the name Apple has trademarked that there is definitely potential for consumer confusion about the source of the product.
There's no way a consumer would confuse pea pods or the Physical Oceanography Dissertation Symposium with an iPod, so that's a straw man argument ... fun, perhaps, but not germane to the original article.