iPads to be pulled off store shelves due to trademark infringement, says Chinese court

iPads to be pulled off store shelves due to trademark infringement, says Chinese court

Chinese courts have quickly ruled in favour of Proview's trademark infringement case against Apple's iPad. One of the Intermediate People's Courts in China's Guangdong province has decided that local distributors need to stop selling iPads because Proview had a previous claim to the name. Of course, the case still has to go to Shanghai, where Apple will make a concerted resistance.

Apple has certainly had their fair share of trademark issues, but the fact that some courts in China are already calling for a ban on iPad sales shows this may be a tougher fight than usual. Of course, China will have a hard time blocking imports, but Apple has such a huge local retail presence that a permanent ban on iPad sales would be a considerable blow.  Massive population aside, China's passion for Apple products is sizable, and even a slight lapse in sales could mean a lot of lost revenue. Here's hoping Apple can squash this complaint when the case gets to Shanghai this week.

Update: It looks like Apple is threatening to countersue Proview with defamation if it keeps talking about how it owns the iPad name. Such a defamation claims seems like a bit of stretch since it's begging the original question, but these kind of moves aren't uncommon in protracted engagements. At very least, maybe a countersuit will slow down Proview enough that Apple will have enough time to further cement themselves in Chinese retail, making a ban unfeasible.

Source: Reuters

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iPads to be pulled off store shelves due to trademark infringement, says Chinese court


All it will come down to is how big a payday Proview Shanghai will demand. They know Apple has the deep pockets, and ultimately this all comes down to money.

If Apple doesn't settle will they still be able to manufacturer iPads in China? Would this bring manufacturing jobs back to America?
Other than the chipset, what else is made in China that Apple uses?

apple will never bring back manufacturing to the US cause it will eat into their profit margins.

It's all about money and politics!! It's a shame, cause Apple needs China and the people so much. Proview will be paid off but Apple will have to pay a nice chunk of that money they sitting on in the bank. OAN, Apple makes so much money off of their in house production thats how they have huge profits each quarter, they will not bring jobs to US cause they won't make as much money if they did. With workers and probably unions involved, Apple don't want no part of this so they outsource it to China!! Greedy and money hungry, they don't care about the USA or jobs!!

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If Apple stalls them anymore I think they will end up taking what they can get. They're basically trying to keep themselves afloat at this point and if this process takes to long they could be in some real trouble with the creditors. But even with them being on the brink of extension I cannot believe that took a shot at asking for $2 billion dollars. GREEDY BASTARDS! Lol :-)