Friday, 3 December 2010

iPad Trademark Claimed by Fujitsu, Lawyers Being Consulted Fujitsu Lost iPad Trademark But Believe They Still Have a Case

Although we could go on and on about what the Apple tablet misses (with
photographers complaining about an no integrated card reader or USB, for
example) here's something different that caught our attention —
who owns
the iPad trademark? For those wondering why in the world we'd ask
anything like this knowing just how thorough those chaps in Apple's
legal department are here's why; today, Fujitsu PR head Masahiro Yamane
came forward saying the name is ours .
Fujitsu, it must be said, did indeed file for the term iPad as a
trademark in 2003, namely for a multifunctional handheld, dubbed the
Fujitsu iPad — specifically a device with a 3.5-inch color
touchscreen, an Intel processor, Microsoft s CE.NET OS, Wi-fi and
Bluetooth connectivity along with VoIP telephony, specially built for
use by shop assistants — but, and here's the key point, Fujitsu
lost their hold of the trademark in early 2009 when the U.S. Patent and
Trademark Office listed the company's application as abandoned and it
seems that they then applied a few months later, in June, but by that
time Apple already filed their own request and contested Fujitsu's new
It's our understanding that the name is ours, said Masahiro Yamane,
PR director for Fujitsu, who also mentioned the fact that the company is
now consulting with lawyers to see what can be done about the whole deal.
For those who don't know and worry, Apple had the same issues with Cisco
Systems regarding the iPhone name, but that was settled when the two
companies agreed to share the name.

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