Apple loses trademark on the name “iPad” in China

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8 Dec, 2011 5:15 pm


Apple has lost a trademark dispute in China, where it had accused Proview Technology (Shenzhen) of infringing on its iPad trademark.

A Chinese court rejected the lawsuit, ruling that Proview – a unit of Proview International Holdings Ltd – had lawfully registered the “iPad” name as far back as 2000 for use in China and other countries, MarketWatch reported.

Where things were complicated was Proview’s Taiwan based unit sold the “global trademark” to a UK-based company called IP Application Development for £35,000 ($55,104) in 2006. It was that company that transferred the trademark to Apple.

But Proview Technology says the trademark for China’s mainland market was not included in that agreement because the company’s Taiwan unit did not own it at the time.

Proview is seeking $1 billion-plus compensation from Apple for copyright infringement.


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