Meet the Original iPAD!! No, Seriously!!

In case you haven’t heard, there’s been a bit of an dispute recently concerning the name “iPad” over in the land where most of our expensive American electronics come from; in case you’re wondering, carefully lift your laptop over your head, and you’ll see it (it starts off with “Made In..”).   If you guessed China, you are correct; but why is there a dispute about the name of the popular Apple device?  Well, there’s a company called Proview that already has an existing trademark on the “iPad” name; to be more clear, the name is stylized as “iPAD,” which stood for Internet Personal Access Device.

The iPAD (not to be confused with the “iPad,” just so you know), was released in 1998 and was nowhere close to being a tablet PC, but more so resembled that other Apple machine that hit it big around that time, the iMac.  For the next 10 years, Proview made more than 200,000 units of the CRT desktop computer before completely going out of business in 2010 due to the global economic crisis, and selling off its trademarks and other properties to eight varied banks, along with its debt of over $1 billion (try NOT to say that in Dr. Evil’s voice).  It kinda makes since why the company is going after Apple for mucho dinero now, doesn’t it?

[Thanks Engadget]

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