The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) withdrawed a rejection of Apple's trademark application for "iPad Mini".
The USPTO said it was backing off reasons why it had provisionally denied
"Upon further review of the application, the examining attorney has
determined that the following refusals issued in the initial Office
action should be withdrawn," a letter
send to Apple last
Wednesday reads. "The examining attorney apologizes for any inconvenience
However, Apple must waive any exclusive rights to the word "Mini."
"If applicant does not provide the required disclaimer, the USPTO may
refuse to register the entire mark," the letter said. The agency
recommended Apple amend the application with a disclaimer reading, "No
claim is made to the exclusive right to use 'MINI' apart from the mark as
In January, the USPTO rejected Apple's application to trademark "iPad
Mini" because it judged the second word to be "... merely descriptive of
a feature or characteristic of the goods." USPTO has also said that
Apple had submitted unsatisfactory examples of the proposed trademark.
Apple has six months to address the USPTO's requirement.