Fujitsu Lays Claim to iPad Name

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Apple introduced its iPad on January 27, but Fujitsu says it's already been using the name for years. Fujitsu applied for the iPad trademark in 2003, and looks to be interested in keeping the name for itself, according to the New York Times.

"It's our understanding that the name is ours," commented Masahiro Yamane, Fujitsu's director of public relations.

While Fujitsu has an iPad on the market already, whether on not it can actually claim the iPad name as its own isn't exactly clear cut. The company's trademark filing didn't go anywhere thanks to an earlier filing from Mag-Tech for its number encryption device, and by early 2009 the U.S. Patent and Trademark office showed Fujitsu's filing as abandoned.

In June 2009, Fujitsu reactivated its filing application, and in July Apple applied for an international trademark on the iPad name. Since then, Apple has filed several requests with the U.S. Patent Office opposing Fujitsu's application.

Outside the United States, Apple will have to contend with some additional iPads, too. In Germany, iPad is the name Siemens uses for engines, and in Canada Coconut Grove Pads uses the name for its padded bras. Since those products are in different markets, Apple is less likely to run into naming rights battles.

Apple now has until February 28 to file an opposition to Fujitsu's latest claim to the iPad name.

Comments

seanfc

Call it “Canvas.” Problem solved, and much more elegantly, too.

Tiger

Call it iRule and get it over with.

geoduck

Canvas is a drawing program
iRule is an online racing game of some kind.

I suspect they could have called it almost any collection of 4 to 6 characters and somebody would be or at least claim to be using it already.

Bosco (Brad Hutchings)

Call it the iFad and market it as a very pretty $500 digital photo frame that can surf non-Flash websites in a pinch. Problem solved.

BurmaYank

Call it “Bosco” and send a “cease & desist” out to all lesser-weight name-users.  Multiple problems solved.

Insaneneo

Why dont they just give an old name new meaning and call it iBook!!  I mean its pretty obvious and since they are not selling them anymore at apple this would be a great way to Recycle!!! smile

TXCiclista

“iSlate” please. Who wants to carry around the world’s first internet-enabled tampon anyway?

Tiger

It’s not a tampon.

No strings attached.

iMe

Well,

in my humble opinion (colloquial words appart), the name is not appropriate for its similarity to the iPod.

So when a customer calls to the Sales Department there is some confussion (in more than one language) between iPad and iPod.

If there wasn’t the iPod the name would be almost nice wink

iMe

I forgot to say that in Europe the Apple Store i-800-MY-APPLE phone is a multi-option IVR with recorded voice, so it creates some confussion between iPad and iPod.

Cheers

chppio

Should have called it MacPad or MacTab or Macsomething to begin with.  Anything “Mac” (other than double-decker hamburgers) pretty much belongs to Apple anyway.

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