It has emerged that a ruling in January by the US Patent and Trademark office denied Apple the rights to a trademark for the iPad Mini on the grounds that the term was “merely descriptive” and did not create a unique meaning.
Apple has until July to convince the Patent Office that the iPad mini is in fact a different product to its iPad, rather than just a “smaller version” of the iPad.
The Patent Office claims that the “applied-for mark merely describes a feature or characteristic of applicant’s goods”, going on to say that the terms “mini”, pad” and “i” were all descriptive.
It claims that Apple did not “create a unique, incongruous, or non-descriptive meaning in relation to the goods being small handheld mobile devices comprising tablet computers capable of providing internet access”.
Via: BBC News