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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.
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There are 22 US trademarks registered for IPad, but only Fujitsu's seems similar enough to have a case.
"HAND-HELD COMPUTING DEVICE FOR WIRELESS NETWORKING IN A RETAIL ENVIRONMENT"
I think Fujitsu could have a case, but it's not going to change the name. Apple will countersue claiming that Ipad is too similar to iPod anyway, and they'll settle.