Apple may have a fight on its hands for the iPad trademark, according to a report.
The New York Times reported Thursday that Fujitsu Ltd. believes it owns the rights to the iPad name, based on a real-time, portable inventory-management device called the iPAD, that debuted in 2002, and received an update in 2006.
The Fujitsu version of the iPad is a point-of-sale device, running the PXA 270 processor with Microsoft Windows CE .NET 5.0, together with a 802.11 b/g radio and Bluetooth v1.2, according to Fujitsu. Resellers like Current Directions still advertise the product.
Masahiro Yamane, director of Fujitsu's public relations division, was quoted by the Times as in the process of consulting with the company's lawyers.
One problem: the Fujitsu iPAD trademark stalled because of an earlier filing by another company, Mag-Tech. Fujitsu let its application lapse, but revived its application. Apple has asked for more time to fight the application, the Times reported.
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