Apple Got Some Troubles with iPad in China
Not too long ago Apple ran into some troubles regarding the trademark of iPad in China. The main problem is that Proview Technology, a Taiwanese company, says it is the owner of the legal rights to the trademark “IPAD” in China, and Apple’s company is in breach of said trademark. The funny thing is that the Municipal Intermediate People’s Court seemed to agree.
The court mentioned on the internet site that it let go a lawsuit by Apple against Shenzhen Proview Technology about the rights to the iPad trademark. The Taiwanese company is a contributor of LCD screen producer Proview International Holdings, which is located in Hong Kong.
For those who don’t know, Proview is a producer of flat screens which ineffectively released a tablet computer called iPad around 10 years ago, registering the trademark in lots of countries all over the world. In 2006 Proview Electronics sold Apple utilization of the iPad name.
Apple has sent applications for rights of two Chinese trademarks regarding the iPad name, made just before its launch of the iPad on the market to Chinese buyers. However that application was refused by the trademark office as they were listed as belonging to Proview Technology, but not Proview Electronics, which brokered the main sale.
Apple sued Proview Technology, looking for the court’s acknowledgement that it’s actually the owner of the patents, but mentioned lawsuit was refused by the Shenzhen Intermediate People’s Court. The court said in the statement that any claims that Apple has achieved on the trademark can only be applied to Proview’s Taiwan contributor, but not the Shenzen-based Proview Technology.
Apple can continue to appeal the court’s decision, but meanwhile, it deals with lawsuits from Proview Technology that try to ban the sale of iPads in two cities in southern China, Huizhou and Shenzhen. First, Proview is looking for injunctions in Shenzhen and Huizhou with the intention of buying similar blocks all over the country should those decisions go in its favor. The hearing of this case begins on December 30.
Proview is undoubtedly threatening its company in a main market, hoping $1.5 billion in pay out from Chinese courts for copyright violation. However we will probably never see the banning of the iPad in any city in China, or a payday quite as large.
We should wait and find out how this shakes out, but it is more likely to take the form of a payout for a sum around $1.5 billion Proview company is seeking in damages, since Apple probably wants this to disappear as fast as possible so that it can continue its remarkable success with the iPad in China with no interruption.
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