New Google logos are for DeepMind Health, not Google Health redux

By Jonah Comstock
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Two health-related Google logos that recently appeared in the US Patent and Trademark Office's database are not for a resurrected Google Health or for a forthcoming product, but are instead the logos of Google acquisition DeepMind Health and its first app, Streams.

SlashGear first spotted that the company had filed trademarks for two new health-related logos and speculated as to whether it pointed to a resurrection of the Google Health brand.

The first logo, a stylized blue heart, is for "computer software for use in the healthcare field", "medical devices for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases", or "application services provider (ASP) featuring computer software for use in the healthcare field". It was filed March 9th. It also appears at the top of DeepMind Health's website.

The second, a rounded triangular symbol, is for "computer software for accessing and viewing patient medical information" or an "application service provider (ASP) featuring computer software for accessing and viewing patient medical information". It was filed March 11th. It can also be found on DeepMind's site.

What other publications haven't reported yet is that around the same time, the company trademarked "DeepMind Health" with a nearly identical description of the associated goods and services as it listed for the other two marks.

As we reported last month, DeepMind is working with the NHS to pilot two health apps, Streams and Hark. Streams has been developed in collaboration with kidney experts at the Royal Free Hospital London. The app is designed to help doctors get information about their acute kidney failure patients, including blood tests, faster, which will enable faster diagnostics in situations where time is of the essence. Hark's function is to help doctors and nurses organize information that is currently managed with hand-written notes, fax machines, and pagers. Hark was actually developed by Professor Ara Darzi and Dr Dominic King of Imperial College London, but DeepMind will be stepping in to accelerate and scale the app and eventually integrate it into Streams. 

Another Alphabet subsidiary focused on health, Verily, received a less-than-flattering profile in Boston Globe spin-off Stat today. Stat reports that 14 employees -- including project leads, engineers, and scientists -- have departed Verily since 2014 either for other parts of Google or for competitors. Citing former employees and other associates, Stat reports that some of the departures are the fault of Verily CEO Andrew Conrad, who "exaggerates what Verily can deliver, launches big projects on a whim, and rashly diverts resources from prior commitments to the next hot idea that might bring in revenue."

The departures included most of the team responsible for the Connectivity Bridge, a data hub hardware product that became known earlier this month from FCC filings. According to Stat "Conrad suddenly lost interest in selling or further developing the technology", which could explain why Verily hasn't publicly announced or commented on the device.