updated 05:30 pm EST, Wed January 20, 2010
Multiple deadline extensions requested
Apple is actively working to take the American "iPad" trademark away from Fujitsu, unearthed documents show. It was recently discovered that Apple is filing for the iPad name in Canada, Europe and Hong Kong, but that because of Fujitsu, the company cannot do so in the US. The Fujitsu iPAD is already a tangible product, a handheld device used by retail workers.
Although Fujitsu first filed for the iPad name in March 2003, the trademark has still not been assigned. The US Patent and Trademark Office in fact declared the name "abandoned" in April of last year, as Fujitsu did not respond to demands for more information. In June Fujitsu resumed efforts to get the trademark passed, but Apple has since filed three requests looking for more time to present opposition.
Apple now has until February 28th to make its submissions. The delays may be strategic, as the company could be in a better legal position if it announces or launches an iPad product before filing an appeal. The name is considered a leading contender for the identity of Apple's tablet, expected to be unveiled on January 27th.