USPTO Rejects Apple's 'iPad mini' Trademark Filing

Posted March 30, 2013 at 6:10pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 9577 views

The United States Patent and Trademark Office has rejected Apple's 'iPad mini' trademark filing. This is very strange considering Apple owns the 'iPad' trademark after having acquired it from Fujitsu in March 2010.

Documentation posted by Patent Apple reveals that the registration is refused because the applied for mark merely describes a feature or characteristic of the applicant's goods.

According to the USPTO examiner, the 'i' in iPad stands for 'Internet' and the term 'pad' refers to a 'pad computer' or 'internet pad device', terms used synonymously to refer to tablet computers. "Marketplace evidence shows that the term 'pad' would be perceived by consumers as descriptive of 'pad computers' with internet and interactive capability." Additionally, the term 'mini' is also found to be descriptive.

The examiner also refused Apple's web page specimen says that a "web page specimen is not acceptable to show trademark use as a display associated with the goods because it fails to include a picture or a sufficient textual description of the goods in sufficiently close proximity to the necessary ordering information/a weblink for ordering the goods, and thus, appears to be mere advertising material."

All of this appears to be a bit ridiculous; however, Apple will have six months to respond to the descriptiveness and specimen refusal.

[via Patently Apple]

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Dave - April 1, 2013 at 5:05am
Apple will buy the judges. Then it will get approved. It's all propaganda.
Copperhead - March 31, 2013 at 3:38pm
Thank you USPTO... Because if apple grabs a hold of this patent they will then start suing companies for selling and making anything that would resemble a tablet or mini tablet. And apple would be the only ones to be able to manufacturer them, which would be seriously unfair to competitive market.... So again thank you USPTO for doing the right thing here...... Now there will be a fair market...and I'm happy for that ..
Bill Gates - March 30, 2013 at 6:43pm
@JulieB, I'm sad too... He was a dear friend and will be missed. In fact I miss him right now, can you come over?!
Jack black - March 30, 2013 at 6:57pm
I'll come over ;)
The Programmer - March 30, 2013 at 11:04pm
Hey can i come over too? I wanna try out the new XBox Mr Gates!...
JulieB - March 30, 2013 at 6:23pm
That's crazy. I am sad Steve is gone. It's seems like after he left Apple is attacked more.
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