The United States Patent and Trademark Office has denied Apple’s application to trademark the term “iPad Mini.”
According to the reviewer, “the applied-for mark merely describes a feature or characteristic of the applicant’s goods.” Furthermore, the reviewer also added that the term Mini “describes something that is distinctively smaller than other members of its type or class.”
The Cupertino-based tech company is constantly filing for patents and trademarks for its products—released and unreleased. However, it is given that the term “Mini” is ubiquitous in consumer electronics, and therefore it’s completely understandable as to why Apple is having a hard time trademarking the terms iPad Mini.
Apple has until July 24th to appeal to the USPTO’s decision, and chances are Apple will swing its bat aimlessly until it gets what it wants.