Will Apple Keep the iPad Mini to Itself?

ipad mini 1Early in January, the United States Patent and Trademark Office rejected Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) request to trademark the brand name “iPad Mini,” basing the decision upon its objection to the use of the term “mini,” as the device was not divergent enough from the original iPad trademark. In their words, the trademark was not approved because of its “merely descriptive” nature. But the USPTO attorney who original examined the case has reversed her decision.

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In an office action filed last week, the patent office withdrew its primary objections, stating that that trademark’s use of the term “mini” was necessary for Apple to move forward with its innovative process, according to AppleInsider.

“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the examining attorney has determined that the following refusal issued in the initial Office action should be withdrawn. The examining attorney apologizes for any inconvenience caused,” stated the document, acquired by MacRumors.

It is still unclear why the examining attorney changed her earlier decision…

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