The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) no longer objects to the "merely descriptive" nature of Apple's iPad mini trademark application. The USPTO recently published a new document that withdraws two of the office's previous objections to the proposed trademark, including one refusal based on the iPad mini webpage that Apple supplied as a specimen (hat tip to MacRumors).
The USPTO's latest action follows news from earlier this month that the office had issued an initial refusal (the document was issued in January, but only came to light at the beginning of April). The main objection was that Apple already owns the trademark for "iPad," and "mini" by itself is a "merely descriptive" term—the USPTO didn't want to award Apple exclusive use of the word "mini" just for use in the trademark.
As mentioned above, the USPTO also took issue with one of the specimens supplied by Apple; as such, it requested a modified trademark application that had better examples of the iPad mini, and suggested adding a disclaimer about the word "mini."