US Patent Office denies 'iPad Mini' trademark
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States Patent and Trademark Office has denied Apple's application for a trademark to safeguard its widely popular iPad mini tablet, saying the case to own the phrase was too weak.
Apple, however, has until July 24 to better explain how the iPad mini is different and unique from the larger-sized iPad to counter the rejection seen as largely a formality.
The iPad mini mark "merely describes a feature or characteristic of applicant's good," said the rejection letter dated Jan 24 but that has only emerged in recent days.
"In this case, both the individual components and the composite result are descriptive of applicant's goods and do not create a unique, incongruous or non-descriptive meaning in relation to the goods being small handheld mobile devices comprising tablet computers capable of providing Internet access."