With all the flak Apple has gotten over the last 48 hours regarding the ‘iPad’ name, who’d have thought anybody would want to fight over that name? Well, it seems that Fujitsu does, especially since it launched its own iPad back in 2002. It was a handheld device for shop assistants, allowing them to check pricing, inventory data, and make sales wirelessly. Sold mainly in the US, it boasted a 3.5-inch color touchscreen, Intel processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and even VoIP support, powered by Windows CE. That being said, Fujitsu might be in for a tough fight though, as the company didn’t manage to trademark the name, thanks to an earlier filing from an IT security company. Fujitsu was pushing to get the trademark transferred for some time, but only renewed its efforts in June 2009, a month before Apple filed its own application. In case you were wondering, the iPad name is owned by various companies in different countries, including Siemens in Germany, and also a lingerie company called Coconut Grove Pads. Maybe Apple will be able to come to a settlement like it did with Cisco back when it announced the iPhone.
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