If one owns the rights to the “iPod Nano” and “iPod Mini” trademarks, one would think registering for IPAD Mini would be routine.
One would be wrong. The USPTO examiner felt:
- “The term ‘IPAD’ is descriptive when applied to applicant’s goods because the prefix ‘I’ denotes ‘internet;’”
- There is “evidence that the term ‘pad’ would be perceived by consumers as descriptive of ‘pad computers’ with internet and interactive capability;”
- “The term ‘MINI’ in the applied for mark is also descriptive of a feature of applicant’s product. Specifically, the … evidence shows this wording means ‘something that is distinctively smaller than other members of its type or class.’”
“…applicant’s mark comprises a combination of descriptive terms. Generally, if the individual components of a mark retain their descriptive meaning in relation to the goods and/or services, the combination results in a composite mark that is itself descriptive and not registrable.”