Apple has altered its iPod trademark to include video, according to Engadget. The company is also seeking new engineers to develop the first Intel PowerBook - in particular the company is seeking Sony staff.

Video trademark

One report claims Apple to have changed its music player trademark from describing: "Portable and handheld digital electronic devices for recording, organizing, transmitting, manipulating, and reviewing text, data, and audio files", adding "audio, image, and video files" at the end of the sentence.

Apple claims the trademark on the word iPod in numerous categories. One sample category is available to view here, with the new description clearly visible. Its stated filing date was June 18.

Apple also holds the trademark for "a full line of clothing, footwear, and headwear" using the iPod mark. This was also filed June 18.

Apple headhunts Sony staff?

In a report last week, Engadget also claimed Apple to be recruiting engineers with experience of building notebooks that use Intel processors.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs has always confessed his respect for Sony. In his company's search for expertise the Japanese firm is a prime target for recruiting engineering staff, with experience building Vaio laptops.

The report claims Apple has hired: "A headhunting firm in Japan which has been trying to recruit as many current Sony Vaio and ex-Sony Vaio engineers as they can in order to have a team in place as soon as possible."

Sony assisted Apple when it developed the first PowerBook in 1991.