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04-08-2013, 05:43 PM #1
USPTO Pulls Objection to Apple's 'iPad mini' Trademark Claim
In what marks a potentially interesting reversal of fortune for Apple in its quest to trademark "iPad mini," the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has withdrawn its primary objections to Apple's application to secure the trademark in question.
"Upon further review of the application, the examining attorney has determined that the following refusals issued in the initial Office action should be withdrawn," examining attorney Lee-Anne Berns noted. "The examining attorney apologizes for any inconvenience caused."
In the big picture, however, this doesn't mean that Apple is now guaranteed the trademark that it seeks.
There may still be reasons to deny trademark protection to "iPad mini". For one, although Berns has found "no similar registered mark that would bar registration" (her emphasis), there may be similar marks in "prior-filed pending applications" that would bar Apple from gaining a trademark.
"An applicant may not claim exclusive rights to terms or designs that others may need to use to describe or show their goods or services in the marketplace," Berns writes.
Source: The Register
04-08-2013, 06:28 PM #2
So what they are saying is that Fapple payed them off so now it's illegal to use the "m word" as in a descriptive manor towards anything caller than the average size.
04-08-2013, 06:55 PM #3
04-08-2013, 06:56 PM #4
That is messed up...
Someone should start a petition for a federal investigation to all the bank accounts owned by people who works at patent/trademark office that gave Apple their patents/trademarks, and a review of all previous granted patents/trademarks to Apple.
04-08-2013, 06:58 PM #5
04-08-2013, 07:35 PM #6
As I figured they, they made a mistake. Glad they rectified it.
Go home haters... your drunk!
04-08-2013, 08:44 PM #7
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04-09-2013, 07:03 AM #8
So within a week of the initial rejection, USPTO did an internal review and saw that they made a mistake, LMFAO
04-09-2013, 02:01 PM #9
so Apple really does pay off everyone off to get whatever they want
04-09-2013, 02:21 PM #10
04-09-2013, 08:52 PM #11
If Apple was allowed to trademark "iPod mini" so long ago, isn't that a precedent? What possible reason could there be to deny this one? It would be a bureaucratic failure if some other company legally makes a product called "iPad mini."
05-12-2013, 10:30 AM #12