Fujitsu Says iPad Name Is Theirs

Fujitsu’s head of PR, Masahiro Yamane, says that Apple does not own the rights to the trademark for the iPad name, but that Fujitsu has owned that trademark since 2003 for mobile communicator devices. The only problem with that is that Fujitsu lost that trademark in the spring, but that isn’t stopping them from asserting their ownership publicly.

“It’s our understanding that the name is ours,” Yamane told the New York Times.

Unfortunately for Fujitsu, and more importantly fortunate for fans of the iPad, Fujitsu may not actually have any legal ground in their claim. As it stands, they are still re-applying for the patent, giving Apple until the end of February to contest it.

So what the heck does Fujitsu want with that trademark, you ask? Believe it or not, they already have a product line under the name iPad— or more accurately, iPAD. The Fujitsu iPAD was launched in 2002 as a handheld that runs Windows CE and is made for warehouse workers. If you haven’t heard of it before, it’s because it makes absolutely no difference what it’s called to the average consumer, because most of us will never see one. In fact, chances are if you didn’t now about it already, you probably never would have if it weren’t for Apple.

[via NY Times]

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