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Could Apple lose the trademark exclusivity to the term iPad?

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Could Apple lose the trademark exclusivity to the term iPad?
It's been less than 3 years since we became familiar with the term iPad. We first heard it introduced by Steve Jobs when he famously announced the introduction of the original iPad. Immediately on its successful release, there were claims made around the world by various companies, all claiming Apple violated trademark rights by using the now famous name. While most of the claims have been resolved, Proview, a Chinese firm, still is in active legal dispute with Apple, contending that it owned the trademark in China prior to Apple using the name.

Has the term iPad become synonymous with tablet, or do consumers still think of Apple when they hear the name? With such a large selection of tablets to chose from now, Apple must maintain that it's their brand name, and that iPad remains synonymous with its tablet and only its tablet. In the past companies like Xerox and Kleenex have been in similar situations where they've had to be careful that the  company and branding are specific to their respective products in order for the term to remain a legally protected trademark.

Professor Jessica Litman, of Michigan Law School says Apple has done a pretty good job at protecting its trademarks from becoming generic terms in the past. She says Apple "is able to skate pretty close to the generics line while making it very clear the name is a trademark of the Apple version of this general category."

It's hard to imagine looking at any tablet and calling it an iPad, but there's a growing consumer base new to the tablet market, and they hear the terms iPhone and iTablet, and iAnything and just assume it's a techie term for the later half of the product name. Apple in itself has put a lot of emphasis on the word Apple, so it's likely that if it were to lose the exclusivity it would fair just fine. After all, who is going to want to buy a "Samsung Galaxy iPad?"

source: SlashGear

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posted on 13 Apr 2012, 16:46 6

1. cupcake (Posts: 106; Member since: 15 Apr 2010)


That's lame.

posted on 16 Apr 2012, 13:33

32. jogutier (Posts: 324; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)


No it's not. Its Apple getting done to them, as they do to EVERYONE else. LOL I love it!

posted on 13 Apr 2012, 16:53 6

2. Leyjee (Posts: 47; Member since: 25 Feb 2011)


What is this piece of writing? Come on PA your better than space-filler articles like this.

posted on 13 Apr 2012, 17:10 11

3. azri05 (unregistered)


iHavetogotothebathroom

posted on 13 Apr 2012, 17:15 4

4. andro. (Posts: 1936; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Ipod touch xl,Its the quite apt alternative!!!

posted on 13 Apr 2012, 17:18 2

5. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


I am sure with some money from Apple .. they will be allowed to dominate the tablet world with their always imitated never duplicated ipad

posted on 13 Apr 2012, 17:40 8

6. networkdood (Posts: 6261; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


iPOOP

posted on 13 Apr 2012, 18:24 8

8. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


so do i but only if needed

posted on 13 Apr 2012, 19:41 5

17. networkdood (Posts: 6261; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


LOL!!!!!!!!

posted on 15 Apr 2012, 12:42

30. Mandroid (Posts: 209; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


You're beyond pathetic and have brought both shame and suicidal thoughts to your family.

posted on 13 Apr 2012, 18:23 5

7. DroidGod (Posts: 48; Member since: 09 Jul 2011)


iDGAF

posted on 13 Apr 2012, 18:32 6

9. medicci37 (Posts: 612; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


If they did rename it the Samsung tab, I could understand. Because most of the parts are Samsungs.

posted on 13 Apr 2012, 19:29 2

14. steelicon (Posts: 309; Member since: 02 Apr 2011)


Apple iTab?

posted on 13 Apr 2012, 19:38 3

16. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Which parts? Can you list all the parts in an iPad and what percentage are Samsung made?

posted on 13 Apr 2012, 22:49 9

20. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


of the new ipad?

the chip
the memory
the screen (one of multiple screen partners if i remember right)

pretty much everything but the bezel and GPU, taco.

posted on 14 Apr 2012, 00:29 3

21. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5591; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Isn't the GPU included in the chipset? If so, then only the bezel isn't made by Sammy.

posted on 14 Apr 2012, 09:16 2

25. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


the GPU is PowerVR, which is then delivered to samsung to include on the chipset. its not actually made by samsung themselves.

What taco doesnt ever realize, is that if samsung ever decided to play hardball and not renew their contracts with Apple, Apple would be reduced to using companies like Hauwai to manufacture their ipad chips, as so few companies can handle the volume.

posted on 14 Apr 2012, 04:02 1

23. andro. (Posts: 1936; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


The over exaggeration is the only real thing made in the new ipad by apple!

posted on 13 Apr 2012, 18:46

10. sgtdisturbed47 (Posts: 166; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)


Customers that aren't "power users" or "techie" tend to hear the name iPad and assume that any tablet is an iPad. That name has practically become a household name, but not all customers know exactly what an iPad is. They see any tablet and call it an iPad. Granted, these are the customers that are better off with a basic phone rather than a smartphone, but they do exist.

I highly doubt Apple would allow any company to use the name iPad.

posted on 13 Apr 2012, 18:51 1

11. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1208; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Everything Apple has to be on iPhoneArena. We all know that already :P

posted on 13 Apr 2012, 18:57 1

12. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


i wouldnt be so worried about samsung using the iPad name as much as chinese knock offs. If Proview can successfully maintain the ipad trademark, either Apple will have to bow to them for royalties, or they wont, and the next day the market will be flooded with knock offs all putting the ipad name front and center. Anyone that isnt aware that ipad is a specific apple item and not a generic term for tablets will be at risk to buy a knock off without realizing it.

posted on 13 Apr 2012, 19:09 3

13. roscuthiii (Posts: 1785; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


Generically coined terms become cool when you add a lower case 'i' as a prefix... much like the suffixes of -oid in the 80's and -izzle in the late 90/00's.

posted on 13 Apr 2012, 19:34

15. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Proview

posted on 13 Apr 2012, 19:41

18. networkdood (Posts: 6261; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Let us speculate about the new name that the iPAD will be given....

aPAD.

posted on 13 Apr 2012, 21:30 2

19. gp284 (Posts: 120; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


Some people are just ignorant

posted on 14 Apr 2012, 01:28

22. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


iPad will remain for Apple
Proview will get screwed by Apple's layers

posted on 14 Apr 2012, 04:17

24. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5591; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


IF ProView wins their trademark fight in China, then Apple will need to decide how valuable the iPad identity is in China. If they could use say, iPod Touch XL in China and iPad everywhere else, then ProView gains nothing. If iPad in China is critical to Apple and ProView wins the trademark fight, then it is time for Apple to open up its checkbook.

posted on 14 Apr 2012, 17:15 1

27. EarnYourLeather (Posts: 87; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)


I'm glad someone still sees this product for what it is: an "iPod Touch XL."

posted on 14 Apr 2012, 10:35

26. jskrenes (Posts: 209; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


I doubt that Samsung will make an "iPad," since there is another company in China that says they own the trademark, not Samsung. Plus the other company couldn't sell their product as being an iPad outside of China. They'll likely settle for cash.

posted on 15 Apr 2012, 10:17

29. bvalde09 (Posts: 172; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


I have a friend of mine who bought a chinesse generic tablet which was running android 2.2 and she called it "Ipad". I looked at her and I told her this is a Tablet not an ipad anyways she got a playbook now and from time to time she still called it an Ipad. I think that people who arent over the tech they use teh work ipad to describe a tablet. I agree with the article

posted on 16 Apr 2012, 10:35

31. phonemonkey (Posts: 162; Member since: 13 Feb 2012)


Yes, the term iPad is synonymous with "tablet"
People will try and sell android tablets all the time and call them "iPads"
Partly due to ignorance.
But never the less... You don't have someone trying to sell an iPhone or iPad and confuse it with a galaxy s2 or a transformer tablet... Ever.

posted on 16 Apr 2012, 15:54

33. darth8ball (Posts: 519; Member since: 02 Aug 2011)


And why would Apple complain....when their friend who has a Galaxy Tab says "I have an iPad and just love it" they go to Apple and buy an iPad, marketing baby.

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