Patent office denies Apple iPad Mini trademark in the US

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.

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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

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