Computer maker Fujitsu Ltd. on Wednesday said it believes it has U.S. trademark rights to the name of its device, which is used by retail-store employees to track inventory and sales. Though smaller than Apple's tablet, Fujitsu's iPAD has a touchscreen and wireless Internet access. Fujitsu said in a statement on Thursday that it is discussing "the possible infringement on our trademark" with lawyers and had no further comment. A spokesman for Apple declined to comment.
Msg#: 4070398 posted 4:16 am on Feb 23, 2010 (gmt 0)
If Apple argues that the iPod is too similar than the iPad, then it opens the door for a third company - don't recall their name to then sue Apple because they had the trade-mark for a handheld device used in stores before Futjisu.
Msg#: 4070398 posted 6:40 am on Feb 23, 2010 (gmt 0)
I wonder at which point folks will get tired of "i" anything, ie. something to do with "i"nternet, whether product, service, or provider? At some future time I can foresee a court saying enough is enough... putting an "i" in front of a word is not sufficient for trademark (kidding!) After all I have a few coming soon:
iFrog ... program that jumps from sub to gosub iDog ... service that eats memory resources iRat ... protocol that reports employee computer use to management iBlimp ... app that is so utterly bloated all work ceases iWhimp ... protocol for really lowband walkie talkies iPunt ... AI decision tree (my favorite) which looks suspiciously like a magic 8 ball...
Msg#: 4070398 posted 7:31 am on Feb 23, 2010 (gmt 0)
Didn't mean to hijack this thread with iHumor... but iFun is necessary from time to time. Please remember me when you release these iGags to the wild because I have no doubt they will be iShared wherever there's an iMac (tm). And modghods of this forum, it might be fun to actively collect some more... nothing is more iFun than to iPoke one's own interests.