Fujitsu: 'iPad? That's ours'
Oh, and there's that Canadian bra
Updated In addition to ignoring support for Adobe Flash, multitasking, and a few other niceties in its new iPad, Apple seems to have ignored one other important detail: it doesn't own the name "iPad." Fujitsu says it does.
"It's our understanding that the name is ours," Fujitsu's PR director Masahiro Yamane told The New York Times on Thursday.
The iPad: sleek, touchscreen-equipped, mobile - and from Fujitsu
Like the Apple iPad, the Fujitsu iPad (PDF) - which has been around since 2002 - is a mobile device with a touchscreen display. Fujisu's model, however, is part of that company's point-of-sale retail offerings.
And Fujitsu isn't the only iPad maker out there. Magtek also manufactures its own iPad encrypted credit-card swiper, Seimens uses the name iPad in conjunction with its engines and motors, and a Canadian company even offers a breast-enhancing iPad bra - and trust us, we scoured the web for an image of that product, but to no avail.
According to the NYT, Magtek's iPad threw a spanner into the trademarking of Fujitsu's iPad, leading to its abandonment of its trademarking effort in early 2007. Fujitsu did, however, resubmit that application in June.
In July, says the NYT, Apple "used a proxy to apply for an international trademark for the iPad," has since submitted multiple requests for additional time to contest Fujitsu's application, and has until the end of next month to decide whether it will formally contest Fujitsu's right to the name "iPad."
No word on whether Canada's Coconut Grove Pads will enter the trademark battle, but since its products are substantially different from Fujitsu's, Magtek's, or Apple's, we believe that any such effort would be a bust.
We do, however, note one aspect of the Fujitsu iPad that might stick in Cupertino's craw. According to the Japanese iPad's spec sheet, it comes "equipped with Microsoft Windows CE .NET operating system." ®
From Reg reader David Smith comes a spate of other iPads that Apple might want to be aware of: a Chinese defibrillator ("Saef and relaible design"), a pre-fab home by a New Zealand architect, a proposed residential tower in Dubai, BeOS's Internet Personal Access Device, the "world's most hacker-proof operating system," a commercial-kitchen Bump Bar Unit ("designed for harsh kitchen environments"), and a memo-taking iPhone and iPod touch app that's available, of all places, in Apple's own online App Store.
...Stevie boy takes his own advice (that he gave to an iPhone app developer not too long ago):
"Change your products' name. Not that big of a deal."
That is all.
So, Apple's iPad is definitely in the PoS category...
By the way, is there a handy abbreviation for "point of sale"?
So how many copyright/patent/trademark infringements now?
First there was the iPod - total ripoff of Creative Labs MP3 player and in fact Apple have to pay Creative a royalty for every single iPod ever manufactured. Not sold, manufactured. Its somewhere around $10USD for each iPod if memory serves.
Then there's the iPhone - litigation ongoing with Nokia which Apple will lose badly.
IPad - not their trademark. Also as there's little difference between that and the IPhone regarding the Nokia patents then expect that to be included in the legal case very soon.
Seems to me that all Apple are good at is ripping off other companies patents/trademarks and sticking them in a pretty white shell. Even the OS kernel is a rip of other people's work.
"First there was the iPod"
First was the name "Apple" - do you remember that a certain 1960's beat combo used the same name for their record label?