After all the usual hype that accompanies an Apple product launch, the iPad is expected to finally go on sale later this month. But before eager consumers place their orders, they might want to double-check that the new Apple tablet computer is what they are buying. Because since 2002, Fujitsu has manufactured its own iPad, a $2,000 device used by retail stores to keep track of inventory and sales, and has claimed that the iPad name is its intellectual property. Fujitsu contends that although the US Patent and Trademark Office declared the trademark abandoned in early 2009, the company revived its claim to the name in June. But if Apple has its way -- and it usually does -- the discussion will soon be moot.
An Apple by Any Other Name Morgan O'Rourke Risk Management; Mar 2010; 57, 2; Docstoc pg. 48 Reproduced with permission of the copyright owner. Further reproduction prohibited without permission.
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