Japanese electronics company Fujitsu built a handheld computing device in 2002 — complete with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and VoIP support — called the iPad. The Fujitsu iPad features a 3.5-inch color touch screen and an Intel chip.
The Fujitsu iPad (which had a considerably higher price point at its time of release — $2000 to Apple’s entry-level price of $499) is most commonly used by shop clerks in retail stores for keeping track of inventory and recording sales.
That’s right, there’s more than one iPad floating around out there.
In early 2009, Fujitsu’s trademark application was declared abandoned by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, but the company re-opened its application in June. Since the re-instatement of the Fujitsu application, Apple has been trying to take it away (via proxy) — in fact, they’ve filed three petitions to extend the deadline. Apple now has until Feb. 28 to oppose Fujitsu’s claims.
And it looks the gauntlet’s been thrown — according to the Wall Street Journal, Fujitsu is consulting lawyers over the next steps, as it is the company’s understanding that the name is Fujitsu’s.