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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    • SomeOtherGeek
    • 12 years ago

    Oh, so the short version will be the “pPad”…?

    • dpaus
    • 12 years ago

    Ironically, it was a software product for the Newton – the much-improved Graffiti handwriting recognition package – that gave the original Palm Inc it’s start. And in further irony, Graffiti (which Palm sold off several years ago) is now available for Android and iPhone – but not WebOS.

    • Voldenuit
    • 12 years ago

    Let’s hope this turns out to be a high five and not a facepalm. :p

    • sweatshopking
    • 12 years ago


    • wira020
    • 12 years ago

    Palmpad… that sounds real ugly… get rid of the pad naming scheme please…

    • trackerben
    • 12 years ago

    I would recommend they include a flash player named “Grease”. That way, their marketing guys can claim an experience way better than polishing an Apple, because out-of-the-box you get to Grease your Palm in anticipation of prontubing

    • UberGerbil
    • 12 years ago

    You know what would be a “neat throwback”? An Apple Newton.

    Is there a Newton emulator for the iPad? I want me some random handwriting interpretations.

    • indeego
    • 12 years ago

    Hopefully it comes with Pocket Pinballg{

    • 5150
    • 12 years ago

    +1 I snickered.

    • ybf
    • 12 years ago

    did they also trademark “five sisters?”

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