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  • Apple's Fight For "iPad" Rages On


    If anything is more frustrating than our wait for the iPad's release, it must be Apple's struggle to secure a trademark that is believed to carry the name of the long awaited tablet, which is expected to be formally unveiled this week. According to PC World this morning:

    Whilst a company called Slate Computing -- thought to be a front company for Apple -- registered the iPad trademark in Canada, Europe and Hong Kong in July last year, Fujitsu still owns the iPad trademark for handheld computing in the U.S., although appeared less than committed to keeping it.
    Consequently, it appears that Apple will not have a lock on the iPad trademark ahead of their January 27th event in San Francisco. Nonetheless, Apple is jumping all over the apparent reality that Fujitsu has all but totally "abandoned" the iPad trademark by not doing anything with it. At least that seems to be Apple's theory, though records indicate that Fujitsu once again aimed to retain the iPad trademark as recently as six months ago.

    Apple has now filed three petitions to extend the deadline to February 28 to take the name away from Fujitsu. Apple has until that date to submit evidence it is the rightful owner of the iPad trademark.
    No one knows for certain if the iPad designation is meant for the tablet or perhaps some other product or service Apple may have in the works. All that is known with regard to this situation is that Apple is hungry for this trademark like no other. So while its significance to us may be minimal, it is obviously of great importance to Cupertino.

    Incredibly (although I find this difficult to believe), some analysts believe that Apple may not have yet officially decided on the tablet's name. If legal wrangling over the next 48 hours fails to secure the "iPad" name for Apple, the company could resort to "iSlate" or "iTablet" as the device's name for the big reveal on Wednesday.


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    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple's Fight For "iPad" Rages On started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 17 Comments
    1. mooseman's Avatar
      mooseman -
      I don't like any of those names, i think Apple would pick a name more like Mac Touch or maybe MacPad
      iSlate, iTablet, and iPad sound un-apple-esque
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      it will be called the iEXist of course
    1. pimpylongslapins's Avatar
      pimpylongslapins -
      It should be called "iDontgivashit"!
    1. EddieLeonard's Avatar
      EddieLeonard -
      MacTouch
      iTouchMac :P
      MacBook Touch
      it could even be TrackPad
      or the old iBook

      iSlate and iTablet dont have that apple ring to them
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      ibook or macbook touch
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      ^iMacTouch
    1. hollow0's Avatar
      hollow0 -
      I like the MacPad name. It sounds Apple-ish.
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      ^AppleSLice ;']
    1. battlecrushr's Avatar
      battlecrushr -
      iTouch
      haha really iPod touch shouldn't be called itouch but veryone called them that
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      hmmm I think they do not want iTouch because since it is not a phone to call others, it become iTouchmyself.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      iSlate, youSlate, WeAllSlate....

      See definition 8 at Slate Definition | Definition of Slate at Dictionary.com

      I think that one could be a mistake.
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      MacBook Touch would be cool name if it runs full SL, which I doubt.
      MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Touch?
    1. k.nitsua's Avatar
      k.nitsua -
      I believe iSlate sounds like a winner. Really speaks volumes of the size, shape, and even has that timeless appeal to it.

      iPad sounds too close to iPod. Apple is going to keep the "i" prefix and not the "Mac" one because they want to appeal to the iPod crowd, a bigger demographic than the mac crowd. And besides, they already have the mac crowd drooling over this still-mythical device.
    1. Spenny's Avatar
      Spenny -
      iPad sounds like a hick saying iPod
      "hey ma! check out this here ipad i gots from the rich kid"
    1. remz08's Avatar
      remz08 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Spenny View Post
      iPad sounds like a hick saying iPod
      "hey ma! check out this here ipad i gots from the rich kid"
      exactly what I thought. I think iSlate may take the cake on this one.
    1. brandonmarback's Avatar
      brandonmarback -
      iPad is a horrible name but I'm sure it will fit the poor excuse for a tablet computer that they announce as well..... No Photoshop.... No Dice.(Also No USB ports...WTF???) I save money and buy a kindle or an Etch-a-sketch.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      No Photoshop? No USB?

      It hasn't been announced yet - where do you get your information?