Printed from http://www.electronista.com

USPTO withdraws main objections to iPad mini trademark

updated 10:02 am EDT, Mon April 8, 2013

Agency pulls objections without requiring new specimens

The US Patent and Trademark Office has withdrawn the main objections to Apple's trademark application for the iPad mini, reports say. The examiner initially rejected the application because the name was seen as descriptive, and due to the official iPad mini page, used as evidence that the product is on sale. The USPTO actually pulled the objection last Wednesday, but has only just made the news public.

Notably the move was made without Apple having to submit any new evidence, or apparently take any other actions. The USPTO does caution that it has several other concerns, such as pending applications from other electronics companies that have products with the name "mini" in them. At the moment Apple isn't obligated to take any more steps if it wants approval, although the USPTO continues to suggest that Apple add a disclaimer saying it only wants to protect "iPad mini" as a whole term. That would prevent any conflicts with non-Apple "mini" trademarks.

The withdrawal may have been made due to media coverage. Many websites highlighted the rejection the day it became public.



By Electronista Staff
Post tools:

TAGS :

toggle

Comments

  1. Sebastien

    Registered User

    Joined: 04-29-00

    Just like MS can't TM 'Windows'

    Only 'Microsoft Windows' (or named variants, like 'Windows ME'). "Windows" by itself is too generic, even in terms related to computers.

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

Sponsor

Recent Reviews

Crucial MX100 256GB SATA-3 SSD

While the price to gigabyte ratio for magnetic platter-based hard drives can't be beat, the speed that a SSD brings to the table for a ...

Narrative Clip

With the advent of social media technology, people have been searching for new ways to share the events of their daily lives -- be it ...

Blue's Mikey Digital

Blue Microphones, a company that makes some of the most popular digital USB microphones among podcasters and musicians, has for some t ...

Sponsor

toggle

Most Commented

 
toggle

Popular News