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iPad mini trademark rejected by US Patent Office

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iPad mini trademark rejected by US Patent Office
A review by the US Patent and Trademark Office denied Apple’s application to trademark the iPad mini tablet.

Apple has the right to address whatever specific concerns might have been cited by the USPTO, but the primary issue seems pretty difficult to maneuver around, as the iPad mini “merely describes a feature of characteristic of the applicant’s good.”

The USPTO also took issue with the iPad mini web-page by stating that it “fails to include a picture or a sufficient textual description of the goods in sufficiently close proximity to the necessary ordering information…” Basically, the USPTO review compared the submission with advertising which is not allowed to be used in a trademark application.

However, since Apple owns the trademark “iPad,” it does seem odd that there would be an issue with the application for “iPad mini” as a whole. Apple owns a trademark for the iPod nano and other variations of iDevices, named around characteristics that “merely describe” the feature of the device.

We suspect that Apple has responded to this denial with zeal. Love it or hate it, do you think the USPTO is being a little overbearing or do these details matter in the market place?

source: PCMag.com

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posted on 30 Mar 2013, 17:23 13

1. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Same reason for which Samsung's trademark for Hyper Bright display was rejected

posted on 30 Mar 2013, 21:19 6

21. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Yup-per. Exactly. But Apple thinks the trademark practice doesn't apply to them, so they put the application in and are in all likelihood, appealing the denial.

posted on 31 Mar 2013, 00:35 1

36. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 14309; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


I hope they appeal. They should have accepted the patent the first time.

posted on 31 Mar 2013, 07:57 7

40. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4492; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


You know I don't really have a problem with you liking Apple, to each their own. But seriously you come off sounding like a frigging zombie. I was surprised by your comment the other day about how no matter what you post you get thumbed down, it's maybe the first time I read something that didn't read like it was put out by Apple's marketing team and showed there was an actual person posting.

To the main point, you seem to act like no one should question anything Apple does, that they all should just accept it. I use android but when Google or one of their OEMs screw up I call them on it. You seem to be under the delusion that Apple is perfect and can do no wrong, which is dangerous thinking, let alone just plain sad.

posted on 31 Mar 2013, 13:04

45. darkkjedii (Posts: 22147; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


+1...

posted on 31 Mar 2013, 13:46

46. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


He is a troll, his life rolls all about playing the roll of the "die hard apple lover" I don't know if its just his way of showing how retarded a human being can be, or if he actually thinks that way.... Witch I doubt... He makes too many mistakes when writing witch is obviously someone pretending to be just to piss people off

posted on 31 Mar 2013, 21:45

53. lyndon420 (Posts: 4564; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


He gets off on it. His profile is a copy of a trickster from DC Comics.

posted on 30 Mar 2013, 17:28 12

2. 110410 (Posts: 23; Member since: 26 Feb 2013)


let them trademark that goddamn thing! but fix the stupid patents that shouldn't have been awarded them

posted on 30 Mar 2013, 17:44 2

3. roscuthiii (Posts: 2226; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


It's not that hard to figure out... it's all the same, and only the scale has changed.

Bout time the USPTO figured out Apple's patents and trademarks are just marketing fluff.

posted on 30 Mar 2013, 17:50 14

4. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


I rather give Apple a few trademarks than give then some BS patents (Rectangle with curved edges, Siri, Universal Search, etc.)

posted on 30 Mar 2013, 18:07 1

6. yyuu1000 (Posts: 218; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)


where did you get that picture i have been trying to find it for a long time

posted on 30 Mar 2013, 18:15 1

7. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Did a Google search, and my username to this website popped up haha. Here ya go.

http://i-cdn.phonearena.com/en/user-avatar/60404-thumb/900x900px-LL-cb62453b-AndroidInside.png

posted on 30 Mar 2013, 18:20

11. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Btw, kind of jealous you have the entire Nexus family. :o

posted on 30 Mar 2013, 19:01

14. yyuu1000 (Posts: 218; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)


yes i have it all after i got a nexus 4 i loved it so i got them all. once you get a nexus there is no going back

posted on 30 Mar 2013, 19:39 1

19. JonBjSig (Posts: 176; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


Completely agree, I now have a Nexus 4 and 7 and used to have the Nexus S, other devices may have better hardware but no device has better software.

posted on 30 Mar 2013, 20:32

20. a961009 (Posts: 120; Member since: 04 Aug 2011)


I still can't forget the taste of ROMs...

posted on 30 Mar 2013, 18:07 1

5. Dingy_cellar_dweller (Posts: 256; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


The iPad mini tablet, Apple wanted to stop every one else using the term 'tablet' and even the description 'mini'.

Can you imagine what would other companies call their tablet's if Apple was awarded this trademark.
eg. Laptop with no keyboard.

No one can or should be able to trademark generic term's, such as vacuum cleaner, computer and tablet.

posted on 30 Mar 2013, 19:25

18. stealthd (unregistered)


And no one has. . .

posted on 30 Mar 2013, 22:58

26. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4492; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


Duh, it'd be a Lapboard. ;)

posted on 30 Mar 2013, 18:16 3

8. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


Thank u for not patent on this dumb name

posted on 30 Mar 2013, 18:20 1

12. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Trademark*

posted on 30 Mar 2013, 19:23 4

17. stealthd (unregistered)


Thank you for not english.

posted on 30 Mar 2013, 21:27 1

22. lyndon420 (Posts: 4564; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


ROFLMFAO!! Good post lol.

posted on 30 Mar 2013, 18:18

9. techguy22 (Posts: 227; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


great move. i dont see why they wanna patent everything.

posted on 30 Mar 2013, 18:19 5

10. opensourceftw (banned) (Posts: 148; Member since: 01 Jan 2013)


apple stinks

posted on 30 Mar 2013, 18:26 7

13. darkkjedii (Posts: 22147; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


They reject this, yet give them all these other crazy patents they shouldn't get, like rectangle shape. Wowww

posted on 30 Mar 2013, 19:02 3

15. lyndon420 (Posts: 4564; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Maybe this is a sign that the patent office is gonna change how they award patents. No more vaguely worded ideas that look like a 4 year old scratched on a napkin.

posted on 30 Mar 2013, 19:11 3

16. darkkjedii (Posts: 22147; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Exactly... They're the ones who can stop this patent crap with some new guidelines.

posted on 30 Mar 2013, 21:39 3

23. lyndon420 (Posts: 4564; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


In my opinion, produce a prototype first and then submit the patent with the exact specifics (along with even pics/video) of the device/service offered. This way it shows they are ready to make these things instead of just sitting on these patents with the intention of sueing anything that looks vaguely similar. "Patent Pending"

posted on 30 Mar 2013, 23:07 1

27. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4492; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


With the way things are going now, first to file, prior art not being relevant, look for tons of pie in the sky patents being applied for, that way they can lock things up before the tech is even at that level.

Considering how backed up the courts are, you'd think they'd want to try and dissipate/ eliminate the backup. These courts aren't only for the mobile sphere but for all businesses. It's getting really f-ing sad, for awhile the US was tops in innovation, now the business side is choking innovation to death.

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