Oh Apple. First it was Cisco's iPod name, now this...
"Everybody can think of an easy name like 'iPad.' It's not creative."
Indeed several other companies worldwide have had the same idea.
Germany's Siemens uses the trademark "iPad" for small engines and motors.
The Swiss-based microchip maker STMicroelectronics has reportedly also registered "IPAD", short for "Integrated Passive and Active Devices."
In Canada, the Ontario-based company Coconut Grove Pads Inc. has since 2007 made a line of bra inserts and shoulder pads called the "iPad", according to an online report by the Globe and Mail daily.