Apple secures Ipad name

In the nick of time, Apple has persuaded Fujitsu to hand over the iPad name.

Neither firm is spilling the beans on how the deal was done but we imagine one firm's bank balance was credited and the second firm's debited with some fairly significant sum.

The patently obsessed at PatentAuthority yesterday spotted a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office document that shows Fujitsu officially turned the iPad trademark over to Apple on March 17.

Fujitsu has owned the trademark since 2003, to Apple.

The iPad will launch on April 3rd in the US alet a couple of weeks later in Europe and the UK.