Apple Tablet To Be Christened iPad?

Apple Tablet to be called iPad?

Earlier this week, Apple sent invitations to popular media outlets asking them to be part of the January 27 media event when the company will unveil their "latest creation".

While we all know what the creation is going to be, we are still unsure about what it will look like and what it shall be actually called. 

One of the popular names doing the rounds till now was 'iSlate'. This was a name that Slate Computing LLC, Apple's purported shell company trademarked back in 2007. However, it now appears that Apple has different plans on how it should call its Tablet device. 

Folks at MacRumors are now reporting that another trademark application filed by Slate Computing LLC at the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) as recently as July 2009 indicates that the Apple Tablet could be named 'iPad'. Interestingly, two other companies had filed for the 'iPad' trademark at around the same time in July of last year in two other places: UK and Hong Kong. While the filing in UK was made by a law firm, it was filed by a company named 'IP Application Development' in Hong Kong. This company has also filed the trademark application for IPAD in New Zealand and Australia earlier this week.

There is no clear evidence that these firms are dummy corporations set up by Apple. However, it is interesting that both Slate Computing LLC and IP Application Development LLC are based out of Delaware, USA. Also, of interest is the fact that the trademark for IPAD in the US currently belongs to Fujitsu. It is to be seen how Apple, assuming the rumors are true, plans to tackle this trademark issue in US. As MacRumors points out, even the "iPhone" trademark belonged to Cisco at the time the phone was launched. 

Considering that so many virtually unknown firms have filed for the IPAD trademark in about the same time, it is likely that the Apple Tablet could be christened 'iPad' after all. How do you like the name? Please tell us in the comments. 

[via MacRumors]