Apple applied for iPad trademark, finally a name for the Apple tablet?

All the rumours circulating recently about a new tablet computer from Apple have been suggesting that the device will be called the iSlate. However, new evidence at MacNN now reveals that Apple have filed to trademark the name "iPad" in several countries worldwide. The trademark requests have been filed in the US, Canada, Europe and Hong Kong, with most of the applications believed to have been submitted in July 2009 - far more recent than any 2006 or 2007 filings for the iSlate name.

In America the trademark for iPad is already owned by Fujitsu, who produce a handheld device named the iPAD, used for point-of-sale retail. Whilst Fujitsu applied for the iPad trademark in March 2003, they have still not actually been assigned it and it was apparently declared "abandoned" last April because of lack of information from the company. Attempts by Fujitsu to secure the trademark were resumed in June last year but Apple are believed to have also filed several requests of opposition.

Apple have until February 28 to submit any evidence of opposition, well past the supposed January 27 launch date for the tablet device. It would be risky for Apple to launch a product that it does not own the trademark for in what will probably be its main market, although may add strength to their claim for the name.

You may remember that Cisco held the trademark for the name iPhone when that device was first launched but the two companies reached an agreement fairly quickly on usage of the name, so the same could easily happen again in this situation.

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i don't see this catching on at all, but I do sorta hope they wow us like they did with the iphone...
They will bring out a product that will do 50% of what everyone wants and do it well but it could be their downfall this year.

iPad does sound better than 'iSlate'... But now, are we going to have iPods and 'iPads'? Honestly?

How about 'MacPad'? :P

Or... 'Big Mac'? Oh, wait...

I really doubt they will call it iPad. Its too similar to the name iPod and it WILL create confusion on the [most stupid] consumers.

And it sounds like a PMS pad for women.

sexypeperodri said,
I really doubt they will call it iPad. Its too similar to the name iPod and it WILL create confusion on the [most stupid] consumers.

And it sounds like a PMS pad for women.

Apple could probably sell PMS pads to their more hardcore consumer base :).

iPad = Its an app for "that".

sexypeperodri said,
I really doubt they will call it iPad. Its too similar to the name iPod and it WILL create confusion on the [most stupid] consumers.

I agree. Apple really doesn't need to create unnecessary confusion...

sexypeperodri said,
I really doubt they will call it iPad. Its too similar to the name iPod and it WILL create confusion on the [most stupid] consumers.

I'm not sure, I think iPad would be easier than iSlate for consumers.
As we already have the ipod, iphone and then there would be the ipad - the bigger ipod.

That said, I'd rather it be called the iSlate!

RandomReviews said,
Am I the only one who thinks the iPad sounds like a new feminine hygiene tech product?

lol +1 when i first saw the story in fb, it was the first thought that came in my mind lol

RandomReviews said,
Am I the only one who thinks the iPad sounds like a new feminine hygiene tech product?


LOL! Same thing I thought!

Edited by WigglesTheFish, Jan 22 2010, 1:24am :

RandomReviews said,
Am I the only one who thinks the iPad sounds like a new feminine hygiene tech product?

LMAO exactrly what I thought when I read that name. LOL

RandomReviews said,
Am I the only one who thinks the iPad sounds like a new feminine hygiene tech product?
I was just getting ready to post the exact same thing.

RandomReviews said,
Am I the only one who thinks the iPad sounds like a new feminine hygiene tech product?

Yup. What I thought too. Should be interesting if they do go for that name.

RandomReviews said,
Am I the only one who thinks the iPad sounds like a new feminine hygiene tech product?

Honey, could you pick up some iPads for me on the way home?

RandomReviews said,
Am I the only one who thinks the iPad sounds like a new feminine hygiene tech product?
With wings and notifies you via bluetooth or SMS over 3G when it needs changed. It can also be controlled by the forthcoming iTouch device for those moments when one needs a release.

RandomReviews said,
Am I the only one who thinks the iPad sounds like a new feminine hygiene tech product?
Haha, you're right.

RandomReviews said,
Am I the only one who thinks the iPad sounds like a new feminine hygiene tech product?

No you are not!

MarenLBC said,
Microsoft is going to name theirs the Windows Live Touch Pad Professional Slate Edition.

LOL! Yeah, that will be the name of ONE of them.

Don't forget the Premium Edition, Business Edition, Home Edition, and Ultimate.

Shadrack said,

LOL! Yeah, that will be the name of ONE of them.

Don't forget the Premium Edition, Business Edition, Home Edition, and Ultimate.

LMAO

Well it's a lot better than iSlate, did anyone honestly think it was going to be called the iSlate?

And if it does turn out to be called the iSlate, well I guess I'll eat my hat.

JamesWeb said,
Well it's a lot better than iSlate, did anyone honestly think it was going to be called the iSlate?

Fingers crossed for MacMac here ;)

JamesWeb said,
Well it's a lot better than iSlate, did anyone honestly think it was going to be called the iSlate?

Yeah, I'm thinking the same thing. iPad is a lot better than iSlate.

I bet it will sell like crazy again, but I'm not so fond of that mac os system, and everything by apple may look awesome but it's just so expensive...

Theymademedoit said,
I bet it will sell like crazy again, but I'm not so fond of that mac os system, and everything by apple may look awesome but it's just so expensive...

Well, I'm looking forward to seeing what the OS looks like...