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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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If it worked once, it will work again, after all, how many people actually heard of the Fujitsu iPAD?
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.