by Mike Masnick
Fri, Jan 29th 2010 2:16am
It really was just about three years ago when Apple announced the iPhone and was quickly told that Cisco actually owned the trademark on the word iPhone. A lawsuit followed, but it was quickly settled with some cash changing hands and all was good. So you would think that Apple would take care of such things in advance these days. Apparently not. mrharrysan alerts us to the news that there are a few other companies with various iPad trademarks and Fujitsu in particular is claiming it has no intention of giving its name up. Of course, it's a bit more complicated than that since Fujitsu only has a pending trademark (and earlier it had been considered abandoned before the company re-opened the file). Then there's another company called Mag-Tek that does have a trademark on iPad for PIN-entry keypads, though that might not be considered competitive at all. Still, Fujitsu is posturing about how it doesn't want to give up the name. Apple has an application in for its own trademark and is disputing Fujitsu's right to the trademark and chances are, once again, eventually some money will change hands and forever forward the iPad name will be Apple's to control when it comes to tablet-like devices.
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