Fujitsu says ‘iPad’ name is their’s; Apple has time till Feb 28 to contest claims

Friday, January 29, 2010, 18:35 by Tech Correspondent

Apple’s latest creation, the  iPad, is merely a day old, and already the threats of legal proceedings against the company over the name of the product looms big. Japanese consumer electronics products maker Fujitsu has said that the name iPad belongs to them; it is the name of a handheld retail sales sector device which was launched in 2002.

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Photo: Fujitsu iPad

Fujitsu had earlier abandoned their attempt to trademark the name; but re-opened the application in June 2009. The deadline for anyone else to oppose the claim is 28 Feb, 2010.

Apple has a history of getting into troubles with the names of its products and the last claim by Fujitsu come as no surprise to industry observers as they say the name iPad is hardly original. Fujitsu’s PR director Masahiro Yamane said, “It’s our understanding that the name is ours.”

The Fujitsu iPad, which was launched in 2002, was priced at USD 2000 when launched, way higher than the entry level price for Apple iPad, which is USD 499 (the two can’t be compared as far as use goes, of course). The Fujitsu iPad, the handheld computing device has features like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and VoIP support and comes with a  3.5-inch color touch screen and an Intel chip.

And it seems like more trouble is brewing for Apple, as Fujitsu is not supposed to be the only company that sells products with the name iPad. Magtek makes a credit card swiper called iPad and Seimens uses the same name for its motors and engines. It is also said that even there is a Canadian bra manufacturer which makes breast enhancing iPad bra.

Fujitsu initially wanted to trademark its iPad name in 2003, but then ran into problems with Magtek, since it was already making products having the same name.

Apple’s deadline to contest Fujitsu’s claims is 28 February 2010. It is also said that Fujitsu is consulting its lawyers to decide the next course of action.

Apple’s latest inventory iPad is merely a day old, and already the threats of legal proceedings against the company over the name of the product looms big. Japanese consumer electronics products maker Fujitsu has said that the name iPad is the name of a product of the company which was launched in 2002.

Apple, in its quest to introduce the iPad, has ignored features like Adobe’s Flash and multitasking in its product. These things are thought to the very basic things in the manufacturing of a computing device, according to experts.

Apple has a history of getting into troubles with the names of its products and the last claim by Fujitsu come as no surprise to industry observers as they say the name iPad is hardly original. Fujitsu’s PR director Masahiro Yamane said, “It’s our understanding that the name is ours.”

The Fujitsu iPad, which was launched in 2002, was priced at USD 2000 when launched, way higher than the entry level price for Apple iPad, which is USD 499. The Fujitsu iPad, the handheld computing device has features like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and VoIP support and comes with a  3.5-inch color touch screen and an Intel chip.

And it seems like more trouble is brewing for Apple, as Fujitsu is not supposed to be the only company that sells products with the name iPad. Magtek makes a credit card swiper called iPad and Seimens uses the same name for its motors and engines. It is also said that even there is a Canadian bra manufacturer which makes breast enhancing iPad bra.

Fujitsu initially wanted to trademark its iPad name in 2003, but then ran into problems with Magtek, which was already making products with the same name.

Apple’s deadline to contest Fujitsu’s claims is 28 February 2010. It is also said that Fujitsu is consulting its lawyers to decide the next course of action.

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