Thursday, 22 July 2010

HP Receives Trademark For Name PalmPad: iPad Competitor On The Way?

By Peter Lavelle
Thursday 22 July 16:48 GMT

On the way? - A mock-up of the potential HP PalmPad

Ink cartridge manufacturer Hewlett Packard has received trademark rights to the name PalmPad, igniting rumours the company will soon release an iPad competitor.

HP has not released specific details about the trademark. However according to the application form the PalmPad name can be applied to: 'Computers, computer hardware, computer software, computer peripherals, portable computers, handheld and mobile computers, PDAs, electronic notepads, mobile digital electronic devices.'

This easily encompasses a tablet.

Rumours about an HP tablet have been circulating for years. For example:
  • Earlier this year Hewlett Packard began collaborating with Microsoft to build the HP Slate. This project however has been scrapped.
  • HP recently bought smartphone developer Palm for $1.2bn. Palm's WebOS operating system in particular enables HP to release countless mobile devices – including web enabled printers.
Hence given the new trademark the release of an HP tablet looks increasingly likely. Look out Steve Jobs!


Ashok Bindra, 'HP Files For PalmPad Trademark With USPTO,', 22 July 2010.
Ben Woods, 'HP Slate 500 Found Buried On HP Website, PalmPad Trademark Also Acquired,', 21 July 2010.
Edward Berridge, HP TradeMarks PalmPad,', 20 July 2010.


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