Hacks at AFP did a bit of a shifty and found that the name iPad has been used in small engines and bra inserts. Coconut Grove Pads has since 2007 made a line of bra inserts and shoulder pads called the “iPad” (see snap).
But it is the case of Fujitsu which might have left Jobs’ Mob feeling a right tit.
Fujitsu said that in 2002 it launched the “iPad” which was a handheld multimedia device with a 3.5-inch screen, used by retail store clerks to keep inventory data, scan barcodes and manage business operations.
It trademarked the name in 2003. The application is still pending and not yet registered.
Fujitsu is thinking about how it may react to the launch of Apple’s tablet computer, saying: “As we are now sorting out the facts, we have not decided on what action we may take.”
Legal experts expect the case never to get to court. The name is not exactly creative or original and several other outfits have thought of the same thing.