updated 04:19 pm EST, Tue February 26, 2013
Failed PDA vanishes from Apple's records
Apple has abandoned claims to the Newton trademark, says Patently Apple. In searching through documents at the Canadian Intellectual Property Office, the site discovered that the CIPO deactivated the Canadian Newton trademark on February 12th. While Apple could still conceivably protect and use the Newton name in the US, the Canadian and US markets are so closely intertwined that this is unlikely.
The Newton was Apple's entry into the briefly-lived world of PDAs. While in some ways advanced for the time, the device was also widely criticized, particularly for poor handwriting recognition. The product was killed shortly Steve Jobs returned to Apple as CEO in 1997.