Apple refutes iPad trademark attack in China, claims Proview not honoring their agreement

Apple refutes iPad trademark attack in China, claims Proview not honoring their agreement

Apple has addressed concerns over the iPad trademark case brought by Proview that has recently had online retailers in China removing iPad's from their inventory. In a statement issued to China Daily, Apple asserts that Proview is simply not honoring the agreement in place.

“We bought Proview’s worldwide rights to the iPad trademark in 10 different countries several years ago. Proview refuses to honor their agreement with Apple, and a Hong Kong court has sided with Apple in this matter,” according to the statement, which also said the case is still pending on the Chinese mainland.”

When Apple purchased the iPad trademark, it was from a UK firm who had purchased it from Proview Taiwan, the sister company of Proview Shenzhen who didn't have the rights to actually sell the trademark.

Xie Xianghui, a lawyer representing Proview Shenzhen responded to Apple's statements, claiming that Apple meant to confuse the public. He said that the outcome in Hong Kong would have no bearing on other court cases because of how different the legal systems are.

“Apple is worried the iPad trademark will be resold before the hearing is finished, so it asked the Hong Kong court to forbid Proview Shenzhen from doing that,” , adding that the court’s decision to prevent the trademark from being transferred cannot be seen as showing that it has ruled in favor of Apple.

As the proceedings move on slowly, many retailers have stated they'll not stop selling the iPad in China but it's viewed by some that it might just be easier to settle on a deal with Proview Shenzhen rather then fighting the legal system in China. At least then, Apple would own the trademark fully without question and they could continue on without wondering if they may have to deal with the issue at some other point in time.

Source: People Daily via: 9to5Mac

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Apple refutes iPad trademark attack in China, claims Proview not honoring their agreement


What have you been smoking.
Proview claimed Apple have rights to the name iPad for every country which they used to have rights to except for China.

Ask yourself this- If Apple did not have the legal right to use the iPad name in 2010 when they produced the first iPad, why did Proview not do this then? Very simple answer. They have waited two years for Apple financial results to show that the iPad is a success and generated a substantial amount of revenue. Enough revenue for Proview to claim to want 1.6billion in settlement. What do you think made them calculate that number before Apple's appeal of the Chinese court ruling against them, hasn't even been heard?
It's simple, basic greed. Proview waited three years to bring this lawsuit in Chinese court. They didn't bother to sue them anywhere else but in their homeland China because they knew that the Chinese court would side with them in order to get THEIR CUT of the extortion.

Normaly with these types of court cases that is true, however not this time. Remember This is only about the iPad being sold in China. Apple has not been selling the iPad in China for 3 years.
btw that "UK firm" that Apple purchased the tradmark from was owned by Apple. Apple created the firm & then had the firm buy the tradmark. A month later that "UK Firm" sold everything to Apple for 10 Pounds & closed up shop.