Hewlett Packard has applied for trademark protection on six brandings that suggest it will be expanding its family of webOS-powered TouchPad tablets. The applications, whose goods and services descriptions are both broad and identical, include:
Obviously the connotations here are pretty tantalizing: Seven-inch followup to the original 10-inch slate? (Very likely.) Keyboard-equipped model? Hinged design a la the Sony S2? Perhaps even a product with rollable or flexible display? While we’d like to believe that all these applications represent products in the pipeline, the truth is that HP has a history of filing “red herrings” specifically meant to obfuscate its actual plans. Besides TouchPad, the company had also filed for PalmPad, TouchCanvas, DuoPad, and TouchSlate as possible tablet brandings earlier this year.