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  • Apple Finally Gets iPad Trademark, Just in Time


    Just ahead of the April 3 launch of the iPad, Apple has officially gotten control of the trademark for the device's name, which was previously held by Fujitsu Ltd., according to the US Patent and Trademark Office. Fujitsu had lost the rights to the name iPAD, but made an application to "revive" the trademark last year, as people were beginning to guess what name Apple was going to use for its new device. There's no indication how much money - if any - Apple paid for the rights to the trademark.

    A company called Mag-Tek originally got a trademark for the name IPAD for its hand-held PIN entry devices. Fujitsu applied for a trademark on the name iPAD when it came out with a line of $2,000 US Windows CE-based point-of-sale gizmos in 2002. The application got screwed up because of MagTek's trademark, and, as the USPTO argued, the name was merely "descriptive" of their gizmo anyway, and so didn't deserve a trademark. So Fujitsu just kind of let it go. In April of 2009, though, the USPTO officially declared the trademark as "abandoned," and with rumors already swirling about Apple's name for the mysterious new tablet (iTablet? iSlate?), Fujitsu filed to re-open the application. Apple opposed Fujitsu's application, and filed its own secret iPad trademark application using the super-secret shell company "IP Application Development."

    Three years ago, Apple had to work out a deal with Cisco Systems Inc. in order to use the name iPhone, which Cisco had trademarked back in 1999 for an IP phone product it was working on with Linksys. Just before the trademark had been set to expire in 2006, Cisco applied to re-extend their rights to the name by slapping a sticky label that said "iPhone" on a Linksys CIT200 Cordless Internet Telephony Kit (on top of the shrinkwrap) and sending a picture of it to the USPTO. When Apple announced the iPhone in January 2007, Cisco sued. The two companies eventually reached a deal to share the name.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Finally Gets iPad Trademark, Just in Time started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 10 Comments
    1. battlecrushr's Avatar
      battlecrushr -
      lucky
    1. romeo_herman's Avatar
      romeo_herman -
      What next.....iTiiil...
    1. n00neimp0rtant's Avatar
      n00neimp0rtant -
      iSlingBox
    1. ForumSnoBorderRK's Avatar
      ForumSnoBorderRK -
      haha wow! crazy!
    1. Loumorep's Avatar
      Loumorep -
      I actually use one of the original ipads everyday at work to monitor our self checkout robots at work.
    1. rickybobby's Avatar
      rickybobby -
      how the hell do u name something before you have the trademank C'MON SON
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      For Apple easy. They just buy them out. They don't want people figuring out the product so they don't pursue the name till the announcement.
    1. legomanjgarno's Avatar
      legomanjgarno -
      we have them at staples....I was wondering about the name lol
    1. GellBrake'rrrr's Avatar
      GellBrake'rrrr -
      iKnow... Oh wait, is this patented too???
    1. pyromcr's Avatar
      pyromcr -
      wow, the people at apple sure do love to procrastinate dont they?