Last week, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office flatly denied Apple's request to trademark the term, iPad Mini. 

To the office's mind, there were two issues with Apple's application: The name wasn't unique so much as descriptive of a product, and the product in question was also for sale.  

Now, based on a newly published office action from the USPTO, it seems the issue has been resolved without Apple having to lift a finger:

This Office action supersedes any previous Office action issued in connection with this application. 

Upon further review of the application, the examining attorney has determined that the following refusals issued in the initial Office action should be withdrawn. The examining attorney apologizes for any inconvenience caused. 


The Trademark Act Section 2(e)(1) descriptiveness refusal and the Sections 1 and 45 specimen refusal are both withdrawn.

Still, Apple will need to add a disclaimer to its application, says Mac Rumors, which notes the company will have to explain " it only seeks to protect the term 'mini' when used as part of the 'iPad mini' name. The disclaimer would allow other companies to use the 'mini' term in their own product names." 

[via Mac Rumors]