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Apple Loses the iPad Mini Trademark 144

Posted by samzenpus
from the so-sorry dept.
An anonymous reader writes in with bad news for Apple. "It would appear that Apple has lost an attempt to trademark the 'iPad Mini.' This time it's not nefarious foreigners subverting the just order of things simply by trademarking something several years before Apple did. No, that was what happened in Brazil with the IFone. Nor is it people nefariously selling the rights to everywhere but China but Apple's lawyers didn’t notice, as happened with iPad in China. No, this time it's the U.S. Patents and Trademarks Office saying that Apple simply cannot have a trademark on 'iPad Mini.' For the simple reason that the law doesn't allow them to trademark something which is just a description of the product."
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Apple Loses the iPad Mini Trademark

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  • So? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by kiriath (2670145) on Sunday March 31, 2013 @02:19PM (#43325655)

    Who cares? Why post this, further, why post it with such dramatic leading text?

    Nobody gives a rats ass that Apple can't get a trademark on something they technically already have a trademark on.

  • Summary quality (Score:5, Insightful)

    by aBaldrich (1692238) on Sunday March 31, 2013 @02:20PM (#43325665)
    It's ok to comment the news in the summary, but this has gone too far. "Apple is bad, you must hate Apple." Come on.
  • Re:XL T-shirt (Score:5, Insightful)

    by magic maverick (2615475) on Sunday March 31, 2013 @02:51PM (#43325885) Homepage Journal

    Hey, I sell a beer called "Extra Large T-Shirt", and I'll have you know, the name is protected by trademark law. No other company can legally sell a beer called "Extra Large T-Shirt" in my geographical region. In fact, I sell a variety of beers with the "T-Shirt" mark, "Extra Large" just being one. "Large", "Medium" and "Small" are the others. The alcohol content goes from 12% for the XL, 9% for the L, 6% for the M and 3% for the S.

  • Re:So? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by mooingyak (720677) on Sunday March 31, 2013 @11:03PM (#43328169)

    Nobody gives a rats ass that Apple can't get a trademark on something they technically already have a trademark on.

    "Technically"?

    I assume Apple still has the trademark on "iPad", so lacking the "iPad Mini" trademark doesn't exactly allow competetors to go out and release their own products called "iPad Mini"

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