Apple progressing with iPad trademark negotiations in China
Proview lawyers recently said that Apple has had a change of heart and are discussing settlements with the LED manufacturer over the use of the iPad name in China. One of Proview's attorneys said in an interview:
We feel that the attitude of Apple Inc. has changed. Although they expressed that they were willing to negotiate, they have never taken any action before. But now, they are having conversations with us, and we have begun to consult on the case.
Apple has been wrestling with Proview for a few months now over the iPad trademark. Even though Apple had acquired the rights to it from Proview years ago, apparently the sale was made by company in the UK without the proper authority. The ensuing legal squabble escalated to iPads being pulled off shelves in China.
Seeing as Apple has more money than God, I'm surprised they aren't just throwing a brick of cash at these guys so they can get on with the business of selling tons of iPads in China. The iPhone 4S made a huge splash in China, and no doubt the new iPad stands to be just as big of a hit provided it can wrestle its way through this legal quagmire.