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Old 03-31-2013, 09:26 PM   #1
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Apple application to trademark iPad Mini denied

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office says the term "mini" is "merely descriptive" of goods or services sold in miniature form.
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March 31, 2013 9:10 AM PDT

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has denied Apple's bid to trademark the term "iPad Mini," contending that "mini" is "merely descriptive" of goods or services sold in miniature form.

More blatant audacity!

It is amazing to me what Apple seeks to patent/copyright and trademark.
Yes others do it too, but Apple seems to exceed imagination.
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Old 04-02-2013, 04:01 PM   #2
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It is amazing to me what Apple seeks to patent/copyright and trademark.
Yes others do it too, but Apple seems to exceed imagination.
It exceeds your imagination that Apple would seek to trademark the name of a product they sell?
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I don't get this. If they already have "iPad" trademarked, why would they need to trademark "iPad Mini"? Unless it was to prevent other manufacturers from attaching the name "Mini" to their devices?
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Old 04-02-2013, 08:40 PM   #4
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I hope they never get this patent. It's ridiculous. Other companies have devices out there with mini in the title, apple were not the first.
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Old 04-02-2013, 11:27 PM   #5
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I hope they never get this patent. It's ridiculous. Other companies have devices out there with mini in the title, apple were not the first.
If you actually read the details, the patent office is basically refusing the initial application because it can be interpreted as trademarking the word mini but it also says it would reconsider if mini is definitively trademarked for Apple ONLY in association with iPad... as far as I know there are no other companies selling iPads so it isn't unreasonable to trademark iPad mini... just mini...
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... so it was just a silly mistake by Apple Patent Attorneys and it wasn't deliberate?

I think they tried to slip one by, and were caught.
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... so it was just a silly mistake by Apple Patent Attorneys and it wasn't deliberate?

I think they tried to slip one by, and were caught.
You think??? What do you think patent lawyers get paid for??? I thought that was also fairly obvious in the article...
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Old 04-03-2013, 12:11 PM   #8
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'Mini' is a trademark of Chrysler who IIRC bought if from the Cooper Motor works .
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Old 04-03-2013, 12:26 PM   #9
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'Mini' is a trademark of Chrysler who IIRC bought if from the Cooper Motor works .
Don't BMW make Minis now? How do they get away with that if Chrysler own the trademark?
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Old 04-03-2013, 01:10 PM   #12
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Don't BMW make Minis now? How do they get away with that if Chrysler own the trademark?
So what about the tampon companies and their "mini pads"? And if Apple releases a 15" iPad, would they also try to trademark the word "maxi"?

Just had to go there, sorry.
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So what about the tampon companies and their "mini pads"? And if Apple releases a 15" iPad, would they also try to trademark the word "maxi"?

Just had to go there, sorry.

Too funny. Boo Frickety Hoo, Mini Me.
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So what about the tampon companies and their mini pads? And if Apple releases a 15" iPad, would they also try to trademark the word maxi?

Just had to go there, sorry.
I have been waiting for my chance.

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