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Apple has reportedly taken advantage of the fact that Fujitsu stopped responding to requests by the US Patent and Trademark Office, who declared the "iPad" name "abandoned," then began pursing it again last year, says Macworld UK. Apple has filed three petitions to extend the deadline to Feb. 28 to take the name away from Fujitsu, the article adds.
However, the latter company, which applied for an iPad trademark in 2003, "is claiming first dibs, setting up a fight with Apple over the name of the new tablet device that Apple plans to sell starting in March," reports the New York Times.
â€œItâ€™s our understanding that the name is ours,â€ Masahiro Yamane, director of Fujitsuâ€™s public relations division, told the Times. He said Fujitsu was aware of Appleâ€™s plans to sell the iPad tablet and that the company was consulting lawyers over next steps.
Fujitsuâ€™s iPad (pictured), which runs on Microsoftâ€™s CE.NET operating system, has a 3.5-inch color touchscreen, an Intel processor and Wi-fi and Bluetooth connections. It also supports VoIP telephone calls over the Internet, a technology also used by Skype.
â€œMobile is a keyword for Fujitsuâ€™s iPad, too,â€ Yamane told the times. â€œWith the iPad, workers donâ€™t have to keep running back to a computer. They have everything right at their fingertips.â€