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Apple wins iPad trademark dispute

08.05.2019


A district court in US has recently ruled in favor of Apple in a trademark dispute with RXD Media over the name ‘iPad’. The issue started in 2012, when RXD Media has claimed it was the first to use the name in its ‘ipad.mobi’ platform, established two years before Apple launched on the market its tablet. The recent ruling is upheld by Trademark Trial and Appeal Board which argued in favor of Apple in 2018.

RXD Media claimed that the Apple’s use of ‘iPad’ is confusing, but the judge that handled the case argued with the following reasons: “even assuming the evidence of record regarding use of IPAD.mobi, iPad.mobi, or variations employing design elements, can be considered as demonstrating use of IPAD as a standalone mark by Opposer, we nonetheless find that the term IPAD is merely descriptive of Opposer’s services and that Opposer has failed to establish that such term had acquired distinctiveness.”

So, RXD Media didn’t provide any evidence that its trademark should have been considered to be the standalone ‘iPad’, and by that, priority in the rights to the ‘iPad’ trademark cannot be assigned to them. Neither can they enforce any trademark rights against Apple.

Also, during the process, Apple submitted a counterclaim that RXD is infringing on their ‘iPad’ trademark. The same judge agreed, saying the evidences of infringement are speaking for themselves.

10.06.2019

World’s Largest Trademark Gathering Gets Underway in Boston, Massachusetts

With more than 11,100 brand owners, trademark practitioners, and other intellectual property (IP) professionals from 150+ countries around the world have gathered between May 18 and May 22 in Boston, Massachusetts for the 2019 Annual Meeting of the International Trademark Association (INTA), to learn, discuss and debate over important topics that impact brands, consumers, as ( learn more )

04.06.2019

Artificial Intelligence patenting has increased dramatically in the last few years

The owner of the biggest number of AI patent applications, IBM, has a portfolio of 8,290 inventions. They are closely followed by the company Microsoft with 5,930. Both companies have patent registrations and applications from various fields and covering many techniques, thus proving that they are not limited to a specific industry. The other top ( learn more )

24.04.2019

Singapore ranks second in the most innovative IP offices

The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (Ipos) hit the top three in the world’s most innovative intellectual property offices annual ranking. The World Trademark Review (WTR) placed Ipos in its IP Office Innovation Ranking for 2019 in the second place, after the EU Intellectual Property Office, alongside Chile and Spain. Ipos was described by WTR ( learn more )