Back in May we asked, “Is HP Launching a Tablet With Palm’s webOS?” Now it looks like we can answer that question.

Yes. Yes it is.

On July 9, Hewlett-Packardregistered “PalmPad” as a trademark. It looks like HP’s long-term plan of developing a tablet computer is proceeding apace. With a little luck, it might be even be credible up against the elephant in the room.

PalmPad, according to HP’s trademark application, is restricted to:

“Computers, computer hardware, computer software, computer peripherals, portable computers, handheld and mobile computers, PDAs, electronic notepads, mobile digital electronic devices.”

In April, HP simultaneously hit the eject-button on its Windows 7-powered “Slate” tablet and the buy-button on the faltering but still technically strong Palm. HP paid $1.2 billion for the hand-held pioneer. Clearly, they had plans for it. Clearly, it’s the PalmPad.

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