Apple’s Trademark On The iPad Mini… DENIED!

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The iPad mini is one of Apple’s biggest successes to date, but that doesn’t matter to the US Patent and Trademark Office, which has turned down Apple’s request for a trademark on the iPad mini because it is “merely descriptive.”

According to the BBC, the USPTO turned down Apple because the iPad mini name did not create a unique meaning.

The ruling, which was handed down in July, said the “applied-for mark merely describes a feature or characteristic of applicant’s goods”.

The terms “mini”, “pad” and the “i” prefix were all descriptive, according to the USPTO.

Apple can — and doubtlessly will — challenge the ruling until July. But it may not make a difference.

Looking at Apple’s own list of registered trademarks, Apple has seemingly never been granted a trademark for any product with the name “mini”… for example, the Mac mini or (now defunct) iPod mini.

Seems like the USPTO likes all its patents to be maxi-sized.

  • JacquilynWalker

    Um no, the USPTC doesn’t care about that. If you’d looks anywhere else, you’d see it’s actually that apple was asking for the exclusive rights to a commonplace word, and patents don’t allow that. Apple can’t change people money every time anyone uses the word mini, that would just be silly.

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