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Fujitsu Readies Lawsuit Over "iPad" Name

timothy posted more than 4 years ago | from the walt-disney's-lesson dept.

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gyrogeerloose writes "In an event eerily reminiscent of Cisco's suit over Apple's use of the 'iPhone' name, Japanese firm Fujitsu is consulting its attorneys in preparation for going to court over Apple's use of 'iPad' for its latest computing device. Quoted in a New York Times story, Masahiro Yamane, director of Fujitsu's public relations division, said 'It's our understanding that the name is ours.' Fujitsu's application to trademark the iPad name stalled because of an earlier filing by another company and the US Patent and Trademark Office listed Fujitsu's application as abandoned in early 2009, but the company revived its application in June. Apple, which has applied for an international trademark on 'iPad' through a proxy company, has filed a number of requests with the US Patent Office for more time to oppose Fujitsu's application."

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welp (2, Funny)

poetmatt (793785) | more than 4 years ago | (#30941108)

Ipad as a name is about as bad as it can get for apple, due to all the jokes and the SNL skit. Is itablet also trademarked?

Re:welp (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30941208)

iTablet maybe, but iFetus and iAbortion are wide open.

CALL IT WHAT IT IS: TAMPON (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30941680)

The digital tampon:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e9/Tampon.JPG [wikimedia.org]

I kid you knot. That's a big mamma for the big girl.

Re:welp (2, Insightful)

negRo_slim (636783) | more than 4 years ago | (#30941256)

I think Fujitsu sees a way to make a little scratch and stick it to Apple, as lord knows the name is awful... Just awful...

There are lots of appropriate names available (-1, Troll)

AliasMarlowe (1042386) | more than 4 years ago | (#30941588)

iPaid, iPedo, iPiss, iPoor, iPuke, iScab, iShit, iSlug, iSpit, iSuck, ...
And that's just a few with P or S in them, all perfectly suitable for the iWhateverTheShittyThingIs! There must be thousands of appropriate iNames available. Let the marketers earn their living for a change...

Re:welp (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30941304)

Why is iPad worse than Thinkpad? Or notepad.exe. Grow up people, pad is a perfectly fine and useful English word.

Re:welp (3, Informative)

creimer (824291) | more than 4 years ago | (#30941368)

If you paid attention to the Twitter feed when the iPad was announced, the jokes were coming from a lot of hot and bothered women. This is one area where they let their hair down and get nasty.

Re:welp (5, Insightful)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 4 years ago | (#30941846)

Another great reason not to use twitter!

Mom?! Is That You?? (3, Funny)

RobotRunAmok (595286) | more than 4 years ago | (#30941408)

How many times has dad told you that you mustn't drink and post on slashdot...?

Re:welp (1)

Sir_Lewk (967686) | more than 4 years ago | (#30941874)

Humor does not always make sense, and trying to apply logic to it is a fool's errand.

Why is iPad funny while notpad.exe and thinkpad are not? Because it is.

Re:welp (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30942120)

I'd accept that explanation if iPad was actually funny. Maybe I just routinely repress all thoughts of feminine hygiene products, but my first thoughts go to knee pads, shoulder pads and notepads. The last makes the iPad name obvious and mundane. The only problem is its similarity to iPod, though that's probably intentional.

Re:welp (1)

BobMcD (601576) | more than 4 years ago | (#30941988)

Why is iPad worse than Thinkpad? Or notepad.exe. Grow up people, pad is a perfectly fine and useful English word.

There's nothing 'un-fine' or 'un-useful' about the word, but around these parts a 'pad' is a usually a feminine hygiene product. iTampon would be equally useful and fine. It would also be equally unfortunate.

Other types of 'pad' exist, but those terms seem to be falling out of use due to the feminine hygiene industry and their relentless advertising. Successful advertising, too, since this is the first thing I personally thought of when reading that new product name - some kind of electronic feminine hygiene offering...

Re:welp (5, Funny)

adisakp (705706) | more than 4 years ago | (#30941466)

Ipad as a name is about as bad as it can get for apple, due to all the jokes and the SNL skit. Is itablet also trademarked?

It's actually a MAD TV Skit [youtube.com]

Re:welp (3, Interesting)

Tetsujin (103070) | more than 4 years ago | (#30941760)

Ipad as a name is about as bad as it can get for apple, due to all the jokes and the SNL skit. Is itablet also trademarked?

It's actually a MAD TV Skit [youtube.com]

...And a fine example of how dreadfully unfunny Mad TV was, too. Still, they get bonus points for the fact that Apple used the name.

Re:welp (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30941768)

iCarumba!!

Eerily? (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30941138)

There's nothing eerie about this situation. Can't people say "reminiscent" without prefacing it?

Re:Eerily? (2, Funny)

Tetsujin (103070) | more than 4 years ago | (#30941810)

There's nothing eerie about this situation.

Well, there wouldn't be anything eerie about Fujitsu's lawsuit, except that their lawyer is a ghost pirate representing the Haunted Amusement Park lawfirm...

Re:Eerily? (1)

montibbalt (946696) | more than 4 years ago | (#30942022)

[...] except that their lawyer is a ghost pirate [...]

Is he a ghost pirate or a pirate ghost?

Re:Eerily? (1)

gyrogeerloose (849181) | more than 4 years ago | (#30941908)

Good point. It's overused, I should have left it off.

Really now guys... (4, Funny)

Rewind (138843) | more than 4 years ago | (#30941140)

I hate to let you two know, but... well, that name is terrible. Then again iPod and Walkman didn't exactly sound great when they first came out either. WAIT! Maybe that is the secret of good marketing! A terrible name. Quickly to the iInventadrome!

Re:Really now guys... (1)

FooAtWFU (699187) | more than 4 years ago | (#30941530)

This only works if the underlying technology is half decent. For instance: compare 'Wii' vs 'Zune'.

Re:Really now guys... (1)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 4 years ago | (#30942044)

I would like to buy your ilnventadrome

tell them to keep it. (1)

milkmage (795746) | more than 4 years ago | (#30941158)

it will always be the device that shall not be named in my book

Better name (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30941166)

Apple should call it "MacsiPad" instead to both avoid a lawsuit and appeal to female consumers.

Re:Better name (4, Funny)

odin84gk (1162545) | more than 4 years ago | (#30941306)

Or skip G3 and use WiMax, so you can get the WiMax iPad

Re:Better name (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30941380)

Apple should call it "MacsiPad" instead to both avoid a lawsuit and appeal to female consumers.

It can be done. It will require some adjustments to their accounting. They may have to wait for their next period. Then again, you never know if it's that time of the month of their cycle and they can make adjustments the books without bleeding red. The shareholders would be quite crabby if their earnings don't flow as usual.

Re:Better name (1, Redundant)

KlomDark (6370) | more than 4 years ago | (#30941382)

Oh wow, I didn't even see that obvious name. They really fucked up considering the plural of their other main product is "Macs" - Macs iPad. (Or Mac's iPad)

Muahahahaha! That's great!

Re:Better name (4, Funny)

harmonise (1484057) | more than 4 years ago | (#30941428)

Apple should call it "MacsiPad" instead to both avoid a lawsuit and appeal to female consumers.

Here's the first commercial for it. [youtube.com]

Re:Better name (1)

johncadengo (940343) | more than 4 years ago | (#30941626)

I thought the iPad [youtube.com] did appeal to female consumers?

Apple should let Fujitsu have it... (5, Insightful)

Sebilrazen (870600) | more than 4 years ago | (#30941168)

and spin this as a terrible loss, which will unfortunately cause them to come up with a better name.

Re:Apple should let Fujitsu have it... (2, Insightful)

null8 (1395293) | more than 4 years ago | (#30941528)

iMad fits the bill perfectly, or is it already taken? ;)

Moses has dibs on the Tablet... (5, Funny)

genghisjahn (1344927) | more than 4 years ago | (#30941178)

As in stone tablets for all you FSM heretics that never went to Sunday school. However, even with a young earth, it should have entered the public domain by now.

Re:Moses has dibs on the Tablet... (4, Insightful)

Archangel Michael (180766) | more than 4 years ago | (#30941234)

Moses didn't go to Sunday School either, he kept Sabbath. Sunday Heretics hmmmph

Re:Moses has dibs on the Tablet... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30941956)

Moses didn't go to Sunday School either, he kept Sabbath. Sunday Heretics hmmmph

Ozzy Sabbath, or Dio Sabbath?

Re:Moses has dibs on the Tablet... (1)

swillden (191260) | more than 4 years ago | (#30941608)

As in stone tablets for all you FSM heretics that never went to Sunday school. However, even with a young earth, it should have entered the public domain by now.

Not after Congress makes the next retroactive trademark term extension! All IP terms are going to be extended to 1 billion years, retroactive, so Congress doesn't have to mess with the issue again but the Supreme Court can still argue that the terms are "for a limited time".

(Actually, trademarks don't have time-limited expirations. They stay valid as long as they remain in use and are defended. Since Moses hasn't been filing all of the lawsuits needed to maintain his trademark, he's lost it).

iWhale maybe? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30941186)

> Japanese firm Fujitsu is consulting its attorneys in preparation for going to court over Apple's use of 'iPad'

How about change it to iWhale instead? :)

Re:iWhale maybe? (1, Insightful)

EmperorKagato (689705) | more than 4 years ago | (#30941600)

FUCK YOU WHALE!

Re:iWhale maybe? (1)

natehoy (1608657) | more than 4 years ago | (#30941694)

Sorry for the coverup. Just leave the whales and dolphins alone, OK?

Pity the cows and chickens.

About the cows and chickens... (3, Insightful)

Tetsujin (103070) | more than 4 years ago | (#30941862)

Pity the cows and chickens.

Supercow AL RESCATE!

Re:iWhale maybe? (1)

Slutticus (1237534) | more than 4 years ago | (#30941998)

AND DOLPHIN!

That's interesting (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30941198)

Got to wonder how long it'll be before Universal goes after them for infringing on the PADD or for the look and feel of LCARS?

iPadMax (2, Insightful)

fatherjoecode (1725040) | more than 4 years ago | (#30941200)

I'd advise Fujitsu to drop it altogether. Given all the jokes going around about Maxi-iPads I'm still trying to get my head around the fact that these marketing dweeds thought that it was a good name. When the presentation was made wasn't there at least one snarky employee in the back snickering?

Apple please change the name... (3, Funny)

creimer (824291) | more than 4 years ago | (#30941210)

I don't think I'm manly enough to appear in public with the iPad for Women [youtube.com] . In fact, I might sue Apple for reminding me of my childhood trauma of being dragged into that particular aisle of the grocery store by my mother.

Re:Apple please change the name... (5, Insightful)

IANAAC (692242) | more than 4 years ago | (#30941268)

I might sue Apple for reminding me of my childhood trauma of being dragged into that particular aisle of the grocery store by my mother.

I take it you're not married.

Re:Apple please change the name... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30941316)

I'm sure there are some husbands who find it sexy to go after their wives iPad with a pair of pliers.

Re:Apple please change the name... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30941370)

I might sue Apple for reminding me of my childhood trauma of being dragged into that particular aisle of the grocery store by my mother.

I take it you're not married.

I told my wife I'm not buying her feminine products unless she agrees to buy me porn. It's a win-win.

Re:Apple please change the name... (1)

ThisIsAnonymous (1146121) | more than 4 years ago | (#30941672)

Most of us on this site have never even seen a girl (other than on some porn site)...I'm not interested in seeing their iPads though...

Re:Apple please change the name... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30942090)

I'm not interested in seeing their iPads though...

and that is where we differ.

Re:Apple please change the name... (1)

Nimey (114278) | more than 4 years ago | (#30941930)

Some of us married men are mature enough (and secure enough in our manhoods) to not give a shit if someone sees us in public carrying pads or tampons.

Re:Apple please change the name... (1)

creimer (824291) | more than 4 years ago | (#30942100)

Some of us little boys are still traumatized from holding our mother's purse while standing outside the women restroom for eternity.

Re:Apple please change the name... (5, Funny)

Kral_Blbec (1201285) | more than 4 years ago | (#30941422)

You are really worried about appearing manly while using an Apple product? Kind of a lost cause at that point anyway.

Re:Apple please change the name... (1)

creimer (824291) | more than 4 years ago | (#30941496)

Must be this time of the month where most people - especially the mods - loose their sense humor about the obvious.

Re:Apple please change the name... (1)

Tetsujin (103070) | more than 4 years ago | (#30941886)

Must be this time of the month where most people - especially the mods - loose their sense humor about the obvious.

You know, I think what you just said actually has the exact opposite meaning of what you intended...

Re:Apple please change the name... (1)

creimer (824291) | more than 4 years ago | (#30942026)

Yeah, "loose" should be "loosen". ;)

Good (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30941216)

Maybe it'll get them to pick a name that doesn't suck as much shit.

Double trademark trolls! (2, Insightful)

Kral_Blbec (1201285) | more than 4 years ago | (#30941232)

earlier filing by another company

So what we have is ACME Inc that isnt even named files a trademark on "iPad" knowing full well that Apple prefixes all their products with an i. They do this on the off chance that Apple ever comes out with an "iPad" and they would be able to sue for big bucks. Fujitsu realizes the same thing and tries to put their own trademark on "iPad", but is blocked because someone else already owns it. Now Apple announces a real iPad and Fujitsu is pissed because they don't really own the trademark yet but want sue someone, and ACME Inc hasn't said anything about the trademark that they already own.
gotta love patent/trademark squatters.

Re:Double trademark trolls! (4, Insightful)

loftwyr (36717) | more than 4 years ago | (#30941446)

From the article... Fujitsu, which applied for an iPad trademark in 2003

Intel also used to try to keep the lower case i as their own trademark (as is i386, i486, etc.) before Apple launched the iPod.

Apple doesn't own the legal or moral rights to the lower case i prefix, they weren't even the first to use it.

Re:Double trademark trolls! (1)

megamerican (1073936) | more than 4 years ago | (#30941720)

Intel still uses it, i7 being the latest example. It also makes more sense for intel to use it considering their name beings with that letter.

Why don't we just get rid of Trademarks? If someone is trying to sell a knockoff iPod, i7, etc... then go after them with fraud laws.

Re:Double trademark trolls! (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30941766)

It also makes more sense for intel to use it considering their name beings with that letter.

I don't even want to know what the iBM is.

Re:Double trademark trolls! (1)

blueturffan (867705) | more than 4 years ago | (#30941898)

I don't even want to know what the iBM is

That the new name for OS/2.

Re:Double trademark trolls! (1)

sjonke (457707) | more than 4 years ago | (#30941798)

Note that I have the moral rights to the lower case j.

Re:Double trademark trolls! (0, Troll)

Kral_Blbec (1201285) | more than 4 years ago | (#30942080)

I didn't say that they did have any extra rights, but it is pretty obvious what they do and that makes them vulnerable to squatters, like the unnamed company in the article. For what it is worth, I hate Apple.

Re:Double trademark trolls! (0)

ukyoCE (106879) | more than 4 years ago | (#30942098)

I don't think anyone is arguing Apple should get iEverything by default. The issue here is that there is no Fujitsu iPad, so the trademark should not be upheld. (no idea how that'll actually fly in trademark court)

Re:Double trademark trolls! (1)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 4 years ago | (#30941500)

Well - I found THIS [currentdirections.com] with a quick google search.

The article doesn't have a date attached but it totes

"It houses a powerful Intel processor and can support any 802.11b wireless LAN infrastructure"

802.11b? B?

This thing was probably made last decade, and Fujitsu wanted to patent the name THEN. And - like you said, some random Acme Inc probably already had the name patented so that BOTH of them don't have it.

Unless of course this Acme Inc is the proxy company that Apple uses. In which case, sorry Fujitsu, welcome to the American USPTO,

Re:Double trademark trolls! (1)

Tetsujin (103070) | more than 4 years ago | (#30942012)

This thing was probably made last decade, and Fujitsu wanted to patent the name THEN.

It came out in 2002. It's an example of an archaic device which at the time was known as a "Personal Digital Assistant". Its 802.11b was even better than the irDA or Bluetoothh connectivity offered by other models...

People are saying the name is a ripoff of Apple's iPod name - and since the iPad came out in 2002, a year after iPod, this is possible. But don't forget the iPAQ, which was one of the most successful Windows CE-based PDAs of that era... And which predates the iPod (but not, of course, the iMac...) I'd say Fujitsu was ripping off both names. :)

The distance some go to defend Apple (5, Insightful)

linumax (910946) | more than 4 years ago | (#30941578)

Bullshit! MagTek has an IPAD product [magtek.com] , and has filed the trademark in 2000 [uspto.gov] which was later granted and then extended several times. Even Fujitus was and is after the name for their product much longer than Apple.

knowing full well that Apple prefixes all their products with an i

Apple doesn't own "iX" and it shouldn't get any special treatment. If it wants a trademark then should apply for it like everyone else. In this case it's late to the game, in fact too late.

Re:Double trademark trolls! (1)

Firedog (230345) | more than 4 years ago | (#30942008)

The iPod came out in late 2001. The iPad (Fujitsu version) came out in 2002. It was a real product [electronista.com] . I don't think you can call Fujitsu a trademark troll here.

Am I the only one? (2, Interesting)

javelinco (652113) | more than 4 years ago | (#30941248)

Am I the only person who sees this as an excellent opportunity for Apple to ditch the unfortunate moniker and go with something like iSlate? I mean, they can even deliver a bunch of moralizing over the thing. And yes, it'll cost them - but it's going to cost them to keep the iPad too - people are making more fun of the name then they are paying attention to the shiny lights of the product.

Re:Am I the only one? (2, Interesting)

CorporateSuit (1319461) | more than 4 years ago | (#30941318)

After Nintendo's success with the Wii, I'm not surprised they would go for such an embarrassing name for their product. I'm just nervous about where the future is taking us.

Re:Am I the only one? (1)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 4 years ago | (#30941546)

iWii?

Re:Am I the only one? (3, Funny)

Camann (1486759) | more than 4 years ago | (#30941834)

Okay, iPoop is coming out.

Re:Am I the only one? (1)

Firedog (230345) | more than 4 years ago | (#30942066)

Just wait until Apple makes the iWii emulator available.

iWii on my iPad...

Re:Am I the only one? (1)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 4 years ago | (#30941654)

Ah, you see, our immediate future is a bunch of ridiculous names. I'm sure Apple will branch out into new fields with something like an iDild, (Dynamic Infrared light detector) or iWipe (Software for cleaning off Apple products).

By the time we're older they'll have merged more products into one, making for even more ridiculous products, like an iCack, Communicator and commonc Kaleidoscope.

Re:Am I the only one? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30941668)

I'm just waiting for my first batch of tasticles to come out of the oven....

Re:Am I the only one? (4, Insightful)

nedlohs (1335013) | more than 4 years ago | (#30941440)

Making fun of it involves telling people about it.

The number of people who wouldn't buy one because of the name is vanishingly small.

So benefits far outweigh costs.

Re:Am I the only one? (2, Insightful)

Translation Error (1176675) | more than 4 years ago | (#30941454)

Am I the only person who sees this as an excellent opportunity for Apple to ditch the unfortunate moniker and go with something like iSlate?

Yes, no one could ever come up with jokes for that name. Especially not if something related to the product is delayed.

Re:Am I the only one? (1)

Tetsujin (103070) | more than 4 years ago | (#30942036)

Am I the only person who sees this as an excellent opportunity for Apple to ditch the unfortunate moniker and go with something like iSlate?

Didn't iFred iFlintstone have one of those?

New ipad's pictures in high resolution (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30941250)

New ipad's pictures in high resolution http://migre.me/hUqI

Where's the problem? (2, Funny)

Elbart (1233584) | more than 4 years ago | (#30941284)

"Change your tablet's name. Not that big of a deal. Michiyoshi Mazuka Sent from some sending device."

Gee (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30941342)

Gosh, what a worry.

use should be required (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30941360)

This is why we should go back to the days when you actually had to _use_ a trademark to acquire any rights to it. Marks aren't supposed to be some buzz-inducing corporate manna- they're supposed to be something that keeps consumers from getting ripped off by poor-quality imitators. Or at the very least signals to the consumer that a reputable company stands behind the product. If Apple gets an iPad tablet out there and it sucks, everybody will know not to buy something with that name. If Fujitsu's rules, people will know to seek it by mark. Otherwise these guys are just an administrative drain on productivity and additional supporters of blind consumerism.

Re:use should be required (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30941852)

Are we in the same Property Law class?

Dear Steve Jobs, (2, Insightful)

yttrstein (891553) | more than 4 years ago | (#30941450)

Let them have it. Seriously. You don't want to be remembered forever for the creation of the most annoying feminine hygiene meme in the universe.

Cut their losses (1)

TwiztidK (1723954) | more than 4 years ago | (#30941482)

Apple should just drop the iPad, start doing some mad R&D, and come up with a product people actually want with a respectable name like iSlate or iTablet.

Re:Cut their losses (1)

sjonke (457707) | more than 4 years ago | (#30941734)

You mean like all those power-user-friendly tablets that have existed for years and are selling like crazy? I take it you've got a collection of them?

iFlatThingWithoutAKeyboard (5, Funny)

jgagnon (1663075) | more than 4 years ago | (#30941484)

I'm pretty sure that name is available.

Re:iFlatThingWithoutAKeyboard (2, Insightful)

godrik (1287354) | more than 4 years ago | (#30941784)

even better iDontCare

Re:iFlatThingWithoutAKeyboard (1)

fahrbot-bot (874524) | more than 4 years ago | (#30941842)

... or "iBigPhone". Add phone capabilities, use big numbers and market it to the elderly and vision-impaired... :-)

Re:iFlatThingWithoutAKeyboard (1)

wdavies (163941) | more than 4 years ago | (#30941948)

I'd go for "iPhatPhonelessPhone"

Re:iFlatThingWithoutAKeyboard (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30941994)

Without the RDF and marketing spin, it really is just an iPod Touch Grande.

Re:iFlatThingWithoutAKeyboard (2, Interesting)

rev_sanchez (691443) | more than 4 years ago | (#30942000)

If the little iPod is the nano (1 billionth) then this new big one should be: iPod Giga.

iCandy (3, Funny)

macintard (1270416) | more than 4 years ago | (#30941748)

How about they just label all of their products iCandy?

How about the... (1, Funny)

pandrijeczko (588093) | more than 4 years ago | (#30941812)

... iThink500DollarsIsFarTooExpensiveForSomethingSoLockedDown.

Or are we using that one for Apple's mobile telephone thingy?

What this really says.. (0, Troll)

macinit (1332645) | more than 4 years ago | (#30941836)

I read it as, Fujitsu, we're green with envy.

iTampon (0)

SQLz (564901) | more than 4 years ago | (#30941914)

That name is garbage compared to Microsoft's new iTampon.

Name Change ‘Not That Big of a Deal’ S (3, Insightful)

amasiancrasian (1132031) | more than 4 years ago | (#30941984)

Change your apps name. Not that big of a deal.

Steve

Sent from my iPhone

From Wired [wired.com]

Barratt Homes used it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30942058)

Barratt homes (a housing company in the UK) built apartments known as iPads [yournewhome.co.uk]

Star Trek (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30942114)

Fujitsu? Heck, I'm still waiting for the lawsuit from Paramount/CBS. [memory-alpha.org]

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