Q: At our store, we use a device built by Fujitsu called an iPad, and they have been around for several years. Is Apple’s new iPad considered a name infringement?
— Michael B. Martin, Marietta
A: Fujitsu is consulting with lawyers over its next steps over the name of Apple’s new tablet device, according to the New York Times. The paper quoted Masahiro Yamane, director of Fujitsu’s public relations division, as saying: “It’s our understanding that the name is ours.” Fujitsu’s iPad, which came out in 2002, is used to help retailers verify prices, check real-time inventory data and close sales. The New York Times says Fujitsu applied for an iPad trademark in 2003, but that application was stalled and listed by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as abandoned in early 2009. The company’s application was revived last June. Apple has filed requests with the Patent Office to oppose Fujitsu’s application and has a Feb. 28 deadline to say whether it will oppose the Tokyo company’s claims to the name, according to the paper.
Q: What compensation is paid to the top executives for the American Red Cross?
— Jim Barkley, Dunwoody
A: President and CEO Gail J. McGovern receives $500,000 a year. She declined a performance bonus of $65,000 for the 2009 tax year. Volunteers such as chairwoman Bonnie McElveen-Hunter and members of the organization’s Board of Governors receive no compensation.
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