iSlate Trademark Hints At Full OS X!

December 25, 2009

In the Good and Services section of the trademark filing, there are these very, very interesting claims.

Let’s take them in order of appearance:

IC 009. US 021 023 026 036 038. G & S:
Computers; computer software, namely, database management software, electronic mail and messaging software, Internet browser software, paging software, database synchronization software, software for accessing, browsing and searching online databases,

So far, that’s more or less what the iPhone does.

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The iSlate?! For Reals? What About The Original Slates?

December 25, 2009

I’m back earlier than Saturday with a new post because of the breaking news from MacRumors and TechCrunch.

If Apple’s iTablet turns out to be called the iSlate, I will kick myself black and blue.

Because I saw that trademark filing months ago.

What confused me was the applicant:

(APPLICANT) Slate Computing (USA) LLC LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY DELAWARE Corporation Trust Center 1209 Orange Street Wilmington DELAWARE 19801

I didn’t delve further than that because apparently I’m the only damned person on the Internet to remember another company called Slate!

I remembered reading all about it at various times during the years I got Pen Computing magazine!

Slate Corporation

In early 1990, I co-founded a new, venture capital funded, software development company, Slate Corporation, along with other personal computer industry veterans. Slate’s mission was to develop applications software for pen computers. With the lackluster sale of pen computers, Slate closed its doors after four years, and I returned to Software Garden.

The “I” in that quote is Dan Bricklin, who created VisiCalc.

And its trademark filing had this as applicant:

(REGISTRANT) Slate Corporation CORPORATION DELAWARE 15035 North 73rd Street Building D, Floor 2 Scottsdale ARIZONA 85260

A Delaware address just like a Delaware address for the iSlate filing!

And there’s already an iPhone app called iSlate!

Plus there’s a MicroSlate corporation!

After the break, Slate Corporation’s trademark filings.

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