Judge ends years-long dispute over iPad trademark in Apple’s favor

Judge ends years-long dispute over iPad trademark in Apple’s favor

Over the years, Apple has coined several product names that have become staples in the world of technology: iPod, iPhone, iPad. Each of those has become a synonym for the product type it represents. Plenty of non-tech enthusiasts call iPads even tablets that aren’t made by Apple because iPads are just so ubiquitous.


Before Apple introduced iPads to the world, however, another company was already using the name for its products. RXD Media, a company that offers cloud storage, used “ipad” as part of its IPAD.mobi platform two years prior to the release of the Apple iPad. The company launched a court case against Apple in 2012, stating that the name of its product is confusing customers.


Now, after seven years of consideration, the court made its final decision, AppleInsider reports. The ruling concludes that RXD Media hadn’t established “ipad” as a distinct name but instead it was just descriptive of its services and therefore the company doesn’t have the right to enforce trademarks upon Apple.


According to the provided documentation, both RXD Media’s challenge and Apple’s defense weren’t particularly strong:



It seems that the decision was less in favor of Apple and more just letting things be as they are.


It’s interesting to note that after Apple’s iPad proved to be a huge success, RXD Media has been using ipad as a standalone name more prominently. Even the company’s website is ipadtoday.com and has "ipad" plastered all over it with a generous accompanying it.


As an answer to that, Apple made a claim against RXD Media, saying it was actually the one infringing on Apple’s trademark and not the other way around. That was something the judge agreed with, saying “The evidence of infringement is overwhelming.” While this might sound unfair, this article is almost certainly the first time you heard about RXD Media, which shows the judge does have a point.


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9 Comments

1. OneLove123

Posts: 673; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Of course Apple is going to win. It’s Apple for crying out loud.

2. blingblingthing

Posts: 798; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

You use a name before Apple did and you are the one infringing? I get it Apple isn't infringing based on how they use the name but no way should the person using it first be infringing.

3. lyndon420

Posts: 6389; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Apple promised Apple Records that they wouldn't get into the music business. Looks to me like Apple owes someone some money.

7. oldskool50

Posts: 240; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

But selling music and making music, are not the same thing. Apple Records, actually makes music. Apple is taking pre-recorded material and reselling it to you. Apple isn't in the music business.

8. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5474; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

Actually, you are incorrect. Apple computers finally agreed to pay 500 million to Apple records in 2007 to be able to use Apple trademark for all its services, including the music streaming services.

4. afrohoxha

Posts: 202; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Years ago Apple sued a company for using lowercase 'i' in DOPi which was a laptop bag. Apple lost, but tells you how ridiculous its claims can be.

5. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1504; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Apple even tried to sue a German shop because they had Apple fruit in their logo but Apple lost it. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/07/apfelkind-cafe-trademark-battle-apple-germany

6. tedkord

Posts: 17052; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Yeah, but those were more the Jobs days. Apple isn't pulling that sort of douchebaggery since Cook took over.

9. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5474; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

They sued Apfelkind in 2013, Steve died in 2011. And they continue to do so. They sued a Chinese food company in 2017 over an Apple logo that doesn't come close to Apple's own logo. Not to mention all the douchebaggery when it comes to repair shops.

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