iPad mini trademark rejected by US Patent Office

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



1. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

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

21. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

36. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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

40. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 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.

45. darkkjedii

Posts: 31053; Member since: Feb 05, 2011


46. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 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

2. 110410

Posts: 23; Member since: Feb 26, 2013

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

3. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 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.

4. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

6. yyuu1000

Posts: 260; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

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

7. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 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

11. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

14. yyuu1000

Posts: 260; Member since: Jul 26, 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

19. JonBjSig

Posts: 176; Member since: Nov 17, 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.

20. a961009

Posts: 120; Member since: Aug 04, 2011

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

5. Dingy_cellar_dweller

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 16, 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.

18. stealthd unregistered

And no one has. . .

26. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Duh, it'd be a Lapboard. ;)

8. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Thank u for not patent on this dumb name

12. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012


17. stealthd unregistered

Thank you for not english.

9. techguy22

Posts: 227; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

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

10. opensourceftw

Posts: 148; Member since: Jan 01, 2013

apple stinks

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 31053; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

25. MartianMe unregistered

must be someone who haven't receive any compensations from apple yet.


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

So if this was granted no one else could use the word mini? Isn't this Frand? I wonder what's next, or what will they patent? They Wana TRADEMARK the word Mini,,,,!

35. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

It isn't even FRAND. The term is overly broad. Overly broad can't be patented or trademarked. Coca-Cola can be trademarked. Cola-flavored soda can't.

29. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

its about time uspto is a little tough. we need less patents, more innovation, and definitely less lawsuits

30. thunderising

Posts: 232; Member since: Nov 25, 2011

I wanna eat an Apple Sue me

48. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Apple is gonna sue "thunderising". There, how's that sound? lol

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