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Old Nov 30, 2009, 09:35 AM   #1
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Apple Takes Control of 'TabletMac' Trademark



A couple of years ago, a company called Axiotron announced an aftermarket modification for the MacBook that converted the Apple laptop into a tablet. The modification remains for sale at $699 and takes a stock MacBook, removes the keyboard and screen, and adds a Wacom pen-based screen to give the device a tablet form factor.




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Axiotron originally began marketing the devices as a "TabletMac" as referenced in this 2007 press release and filed a trademark for the term. Sometime in the past year, however, the trademark was transferred from Axiotron to Apple, and Apple is now listed as the owner of the trademark.




Transfer of ownership may not mean Apple has plans on using the term. Apple may have simply contested the trademark due to the potential for confusion between "TabletMac" and their own trademarks. But now Apple could potentially release a product called the TabletMac, and given the overwhelming number of reports of an Apple-branded tablet device, it certainly raises that question.

Still, we're not so sure Apple would really use this term for the rumored device, as the most recent reports have suggested that Apple's rumored tablet will be running a version of iPhone OS rather than Mac OS. It also seems likely that Apple would choose a platform agnostic name if the device was targeted at the broad consumer market.

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Old Nov 30, 2009, 09:37 AM   #2
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It will be the iPad.
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Old Nov 30, 2009, 09:41 AM   #3
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Similar thing happened with iPhone a few months before release.

Hopefully not too long to wait now!
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Old Nov 30, 2009, 09:41 AM   #4
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I doubt Apple will ever use the name "TabletMac", but they need to protect their image.
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Old Nov 30, 2009, 09:42 AM   #5
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Clearly just a standard trademark dispute, resolved by Apple taking ownership of the trademark.
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Old Nov 30, 2009, 09:51 AM   #6
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Could be covering all the bases, guess we'll find out soon enough.
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Old Nov 30, 2009, 09:53 AM   #7
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I just wish they would officially announce it before the end of the year. I made a hundred dollar bet saying they would. LOL
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Old Nov 30, 2009, 09:55 AM   #8
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I just wish they would officially announce it before the end of the year. I made a hundred dollar bet saying they would. LOL
I guess you could consider that money lost .. if they would want to announce it this year .. it would have happened by now .. now point in announcing something in the middle of the holiday shopping ..

I am with you though .. I wish they would announce it so these pointless rumors would go away ..

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Old Nov 30, 2009, 10:02 AM   #9
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I hope 2010 will finally bring the rumored tablet to existence
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Old Nov 30, 2009, 10:05 AM   #10
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I'd prefer the name "TabletMac".
I really don't like the sound of iPad.
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Old Nov 30, 2009, 10:13 AM   #11
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iPad?

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It will be the iPad.
iPad sounds like the product will be a maxi pad. Hey, I am just sayin'.
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Old Nov 30, 2009, 10:15 AM   #12
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I thought iTablet or simply iBook?
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Old Nov 30, 2009, 10:16 AM   #13
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At least this story doesn't speculate that the tablet will cost less than a MacBook
when it needs more technology (aka higher cost than MacBook).

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I just wish they would officially announce it before the end of the year. I made a hundred dollar bet saying they would. LOL
I hope not after they announced no new products this year.
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Old Nov 30, 2009, 10:19 AM   #14
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Clearly just a standard trademark dispute, resolved by Apple taking ownership of the trademark.
agreed.... there are many trademark, copyright and patent disputes that Apple has dealt with in the past. I have not kept tally but many of the trademark and patent issues have never seen the light of day in the form of an actual finished consumer product. This is more likely Apple protecting its own turf and possible future interests. Apple legal has guidelines on trademark and copyright issues. http://www.apple.com/legal/trademark...rdparties.html


I personally don't like the sound of "TabletMac" and don't think it would be used but it obviously infringes upon Apple legal guidelines. Axiotron and Apple probably came to an amicable if not forced resolution to the matter.
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Old Nov 30, 2009, 10:20 AM   #15
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I think MacBook will become the tablets name and all current macbooks will become macbookpro. iPad sounds more like a gaming device. The 'book' part will help sell it as an ereader.

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MacTablet looks and sounds better IMO.

Also, TabletMac shortens to TM, which TimeMachine also bolsters..

I still go with iPad..
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Old Nov 30, 2009, 10:21 AM   #17
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You can see the TabletMac in use on the SyFy (ugh) show Sanctuary. They have several of them in use on the show.

I bet the tablet Mac will be called iPad.
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Old Nov 30, 2009, 10:27 AM   #18
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Interesting development.

Of course this will fan the tablet rumors a bit.
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Some dude posted these pictures and some videos on it. I truly believe something like that will make it to the final thing.

The thread is locked, but you can still run through all the comments and videos the OP had.
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It's funny ...

It's funny that Apple would dispute this with Axiotron (which is a joint venture with Other World Computing) - On Apple's Copyright & Trademark Guidelines page - they have this:

c. “Mac” is used in combination with another non-generic word.

Acceptable: MacVenus MacCharlie

Not acceptable: MacCharleston MacSales

the website for Other World Computing is WWW.MACSALES.COM
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Old Nov 30, 2009, 10:35 AM   #21
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TabletMac sounds just about as stupid as iTouch.

I hope they market it better than that.

MacBook Touch?
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Old Nov 30, 2009, 10:37 AM   #22
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Interestingly, noone is considering the possibility that there might be more than one model of tablet from Apple with differing capabilities.
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Old Nov 30, 2009, 10:40 AM   #23
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"TabletMac" is definitely a possibility, especially considering the fact that Jobs said a while back he wants the name "Mac" in all their computer products.
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Old Nov 30, 2009, 10:43 AM   #24
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I dont think apple will name it tabletmac, its just not apple...

Speaking for the name macbook touch I think it would be cool if the tablet had a flip back lid, just something light, like a notepad.
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Old Nov 30, 2009, 10:43 AM   #25
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Tablet Mac

How about a "MAClet" or "iLET" or "iMACLET"

Here it is "iTAB"
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