Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

#THE 51%

The mistress hunters

Read more

ENCORE!

Michael Fassbender is author Philip Kerr's pick to play Bernie Gunther

Read more

PEOPLE & PROFIT

Growing ambitions: The forces driving India's economy

Read more

REVISITED

Ecuador: The rush for oil in Yasuni National Park

Read more

FASHION

When fashion meets technology

Read more

YOU ARE HERE

The real top chef: Meeting the French president's cook

Read more

REPORTERS

Video: Crimean dissidents silenced by Moscow

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

France refuses to return cultural artifacts to Benin

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

France's Fillon insists President Hollande is behind efforts to tarnish him

Read more

Business

Fujitsu cedes 'Ipad' trademark to Apple

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-03-27

Fujitsu has ceded all rights to the iPad name to Apple, just in time for the California-based company's tablet computer to hit the stores in April. The Japanese firm had originally registered the iPad name in March 2003.

AFP - Japan's Fujitsu has ceded rights to the "iPad" name to Apple, just in time for the tablet computer from the California company to hit US stores next month.

Fujitsu agreed last week to assign over all rights to the iPad name to Apple, according to US Patent and Trademark Office records.

Fujitsu originally registered the iPad name with the Patent and Trademark Office in March 2003 in connection with a handheld scanner for retailers made by the Japanese company.

The Patent and Trademark Office records, obtained on Friday by technology blogs and PatentAuthority.com, show that the iPad trademark was assigned to Apple on March 17.

The details of the transaction between Fujitsu and Apple were not available.

The iPad is to go on sale in the United States on April 3.

Fujitsu's "iPad" was launched by its US subsidiary in 2002 and was used by retail store clerks to keep inventory data, scan barcodes and manage business operations.

Apple has been embroiled in trademark disputes with other companies before, including Cisco Systems, which launched its "iPhone" before Apple. The two companies settled the dispute in 2007, agreeing to share the name.

Germany's Siemens also uses the trademark "iPad" for small engines and motors and the Swiss-based microchip maker STMicroelectronics has reportedly registered "IPAD," short for "Integrated Passive and Active Devices."

In Canada, the Ontario-based company Coconut Grove Pads Inc. has since 2007 made a line of bra inserts and shoulder pads called the "iPad", according to the Globe and Mail daily.

Date created : 2010-03-27

  • TECHNOLOGY

    Apple CEO Steve Jobs reveals iPad tablet computer

    Read more

COMMENT(S)