“Last week, we noted that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) had issued an initial office action denying Apple’s application for a trademark on the term ‘iPad mini,'” Eric Slivka reports for MacRumors.
“The examiner’s primary objection to Apple’s application related to all of the elements of the ‘iPad mini’ name having been judged as descriptive rather than contributing to a unique product name,” Slivka reports. “A second objection related to Apple’s use of the iPad mini overview page as its specimen proving that the named product was being offered for sale.”
Slivka reports, “Based on a newly published office action from the USPTO, dated last Wednesday, the issue has in fact mostly been resolved without Apple having had to address the examiner’s objections. Presumably responding to the publicity surrounding the initial decision, the USPTO has preemptively withdrawn its two main objections to Apple’s objections.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Congrats to the JUCO dropout, er… USPTO reviewer on seeing the light.
USPTO denies Apple request for ‘iPad mini’ trademark – March 31, 2013