The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued an office action denying Apple’s application for a trademark based on the term “iPad mini” last week. The Patent Office objected to Apple’s application because the “iPad Mini” was considered descriptive rather than a unique product name and believed that the way that Apple used the iPad mini overview page as proof that the named product was being offered for sale was invalid. The Patent Office has now resolved the issue without Apple needing to step in, according to MacRumors.
Below is a statement that the Patent Office made about the withdrawing their objections:
This Office action supersedes any previous Office action issued in connection with this application.
Upon further review of the application, the examining attorney has determined that the following refusals issued in the initial Office action should be withdrawn. The examining attorney apologizes for any inconvenience caused.
The Trademark Act Section 2(e)(1) descriptiveness refusal and the Sections 1 and 45 specimen refusal are both withdrawn.
The Patent Office informed Apple that they will need to add a disclaimer to its application noticing that they are seeking to protect the term “Mini” when used as part of the “iPad mini” name. Other companies can use the term “mini” for their own product names.