iPad Name Causing All Sorts Of Negative Press For Apple

Maybe Apple should have picked another name for the iPad?

Let’s start with computer maker Fujitsu who is prepping a lawsuit over Apple’s use of the iPad name:

“It’s our understanding that the name is ours,” Masahiro Yamane, director of Fujitsu’s public relations division, said Thursday. He said Fujitsu was aware of Apple’s plans to sell the iPad tablet and that the company was consulting lawyers over next steps.

Charming. If this sounds vaguely familiar, it should. Cisco sued Apple for using the name iPhone, but later settled out of court which cleared the way for Apple to use it. Perhaps the same thing will happen here? We shall see.

Also, it’s clear that nobody at Apple watches Mad TV as the name iPad was used in a spoof:

Not only that, for a significant portion of yesterday, the word iTampon was one of the top trending topics according to CNN:

“With “iTampon” quickly emerging as a trending Twitter topic, it’s probably safe to say that many women found themselves cringing as they asked, ‘Do any women work at Apple?’ ” wrote Annie Colbert on the blog “Holy Kaw!”

That iSlate name looks better and better as time goes on.

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