Apple Buys iPad Trademark from Fujitsu

ipad_fujitsu_apple_tm_assignment_124315Apple now owns the iPad trademark.  The trademark (Serial No. 76497338) was filed by Fujitsu in March of 2003 for their iPad wireless handheld computing device used by retailers.  Records at the U.S. Patent and Trademark office show that the trademark was assigned to Apple on March 17.

There has been much speculation over the last few months about the iPad trademark.  Apple initiated opposition proceedings challenging the validity of the mark in September last year.  However, the proceedings never developed into anything substantive and Apple simply filed three requests for extensions of time, presumably while they were in talks with Fujitsu.

The assignment is public record and can be purchased from the USPTO by requesting Reel/Frame: 4168/0447.

Links: IPAD Trademark Description and History, Assignment from Fujitsu to Apple, Order Copy of Trademark and Assignment.



  1. As they said fourteen times already. If you can’t beat them, buy them.

  2. Would be helpful if you would cover the truly interesting aspect of this which is why is this not an unenforceable assignment in gross, since Fujitsu is presumably not selling Apple its whole business related to its iPad; rather, it is simple selling the naked trademark.

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