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The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has withdrawn its objections to an application from Apple seeking to trademark the iPad Mini name.
A new study has found that more than half of last year's patent litigation cases in the U.S. were filed by companies that license patents but don't have another business.
Apple's won a U.S. trademark for the iconic Mac boot chime some six months after applying for it with the USPTO.
The device maker filed for the trademark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office last week.
After years of lobbying, the tech hub is about to get a satellite patent office in its back yard.
The government says its inquiry is no longer necessary after the Obama administration overturned a ban on sales of Apple devices.
Small publisher claimed it had acquired the trademark before Apple began using it to describe its e-reader platform.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office says the term "mini" is "merely descriptive" of goods or services sold in miniature form.
The feature appears to be similar to the Kinect, and allows for full hand-gesture control over a respective device.
Obama issues five executive actions and seven legislative recommendations to tackle companies that sue only for the sake of revenue-generation.