IP Application Development LLC, a company that has filed patents internationally for the "iPad" mark, has now filed an application to trademark “iPad” in the United States as well. The application is dated January 16, and appears to have been posted to the US Patent and Trademark Office website today.
The application was filed under Filing Basis 1(b) and 44(d). According to the USPTO website, Filing Basis 1(b) refers to the "bona fide intention to use a mark in commerce" and 44(b) refers to the "claim of priority, based on an earlier-filed foreign application." Looks like last week's international filings were not only geared toward protecting the mark abroad, but were aimed at giving their U.S. filing a boost under 44(b).
The trademark application covers hundreds of goods and services including: computers, books, games, and telecommunications. Interestingly, one service being applied for “enables users to program the scheduling of audio, video, text and other multimedia content, including music, concerts, videos, radio, television, news, sports, games, cultural events, and entertainment-related programs as they will be aired”.
If IP Application Development LLC is not an Apple dummy company, they have a lot of similar thoughts about how an "iPad" computer might be used.
The Jesus Tablet continues to be convinced the revolutionary Apple tablet will be called the iPad, especially with the "bona fide intention to use the mark" associated with this filing. For the record, we like Apple Canvas too, but don't think it's in the cards; and we just aren't big fans of iSlate/Slate, Tablet/iTablet, iBook and iNewt.
With the timing of this application so close to the big announcement (they almost snuck it in!), is there still room for doubt that it will be called iPad? Could this be a last minute misdirection ploy by Apple? Could another company be preemptively grabbing the name before Apple's announcement? Let the commenting begin...
Here is the filing: