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Apple Buys iPad Trademark from Fujitsu

Apple now officially owns the trademark for the term "iPad". A recent article on patentauthority.com details the transfer of the iPad trademark, which was first registered in 2003 by Fujitsu, to Apple Inc. (AAPL).

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Fujitsu originally registered the trademark for its now-defunct iPad device, a hand held computer that was used by retailers for inventory and check-out purposes.

Initial expectations that Apple would challenge the iPad trademark were confirmed when Apple initiated opposition proceedings last year. However, according to the article, these proceedings never progressed and left Apple only to file extensions on their proceedings, with Apple filing its last extension in December of last year.

Apple May Have to Defend iPad Name

Turns out that Apple is not the first company to use iPad to name one of its products. Apple ran into similar problems after it launched the iPhone in 2007, when Cisco sued for infringement.

Apple and Cisco have settled their disagreement, but what looms on the horizon for the iPad name? Japanese tech company Fujitsu first applied for an iPad trademark in 2003, and currently sells a mobile device under the name.

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