HP trademarks 'Palmpad,' presumably for webOS slate

HP's hotly anticipated tablet might just bear the Palm name. How do we know? The guys at CrunchGear say HP filed a trademark for "Palmpad" earlier this month.

The trademark application on the U.S. PTO website doesn't say much, except that the trademark is "PALMPAD" in all-caps, the applicant is a certain Hewlett-Packard Development Company of Houston, Texas, and the application covers "Computers, computer hardware, computer software, computer peripherals, portable computers, handheld and mobile computers, PDAs, electronic notepads, mobile digital electronic devices."

HP made it pretty clear after acquiring Palm that it planned to release a slate device running Palm's webOS. (WebOS-powered printers are in the works, too.) So, putting two and two together, it certainly sounds like the Palmpad name will apply to said slate device.

I wouldn't be surprised to see the device called "HP Palmpad," though, since the HP name is probably a little more widely known than Palm—you know, what with HP being the world's biggest PC vendor and all. Regardless, this would be a neat throwback to the days of Palm PDAs.

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