TabletMac Trademark Transferred from Axiotron to Apple

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Ownership of a U.S. trademark for the term "TabletMac" has transferred from Axiotron to Apple. Axiotron had originally registered the trademark in 2007 after releasing its MacBook-based Modbook tablet, but ownership of the trademark transferred to Apple during the last year, according to a report from MacRumors.com.

The ModBook is a conversion product made from a MacBook (or MacBook Pro for the ModBook Pro) and a Wacom touchscreen tablet. Axiotron partnered with TMO sponsor Other World Computing (OWC) to market and sell the devices.

TabletMac, however, uses an Apple trademarked name, Mac, in its own name, something that is often used to contest a trademark in the U.S. In this case, Apple would likely have been able to make an argument that Axiotron's trademark could lead to confusion in the marketplace.

It's also pertinent to note that Apple is rumored to be working on its own tablet form factor, though most credible reports point to an iPhone OS device and not a Mac OS X-based device. If such is the case, it's highly unlikely that Apple would use the name TabletMac, or any iteration therein, for its as-yet unannounced tablet offering, making the transfer of ownership from Axiotron to Apple all but coincidental.

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Bryan Chaffin

There’s no way in hell that Apple is releasing a product called “TabletMac,” but Apple isn’t going to want this trademark to be out in the wild, either, especially with its iPodSuperTouchiPodExtremeTabletSuperAwesome product on the way.

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