The BBC reports that Apple has apparently had its request to own the trademark for the iPad Mini turned down by the Patent Office, because the name is “merely descriptive” and did not have a unique meaning. The BBC says that Apple now has until July to convince the Patent Office that its smaller tablet is distinctly different from rival tablets. The BBC says that although the Patent Office actually informed Apple of its decision back in January of this year, the ruling has only just now come to light. The letter, the BBC reports, goes on to say that neither individually, or together, did the words, “iPad Mini…create a unique, incongruous, or non-descriptive meaning in relation to the goods being small handheld mobile devices comprising tablet computers capable of providing internet access.” There has been no word from Apple as yet as to whether or not it will be reapplying for the patent.
Source: BBC News - Apple denied iPad Mini US trademark