Proview Sues Apple in U.S. Over iPad Trademark

Posted February 24, 2012 at 3:15am by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 5562 views

Proview filed a lawsuit in the Superior Court of the State of California in Santa Clara County on February 17th over the iPad trademark, according to the WSJ.

The lawsuit claims that Apple committed fraud when it established a company called IP Application Development to purchase the trademark on Dec. 23, 2009 for 35,000 British pounds ($55,000). Proview claims Apple acted "with oppression, fraud and/or malice."

In emails seen by The Wall Street Journal, a representative purportedly of IP Application Development told Proview that it wanted to acquire the iPad name because it was an abbreviation of its company's title, and that its future products wouldn't compete with Proview's products.

Proview is asking the court for damages, to rescinding the agreement, and to stop Apple from using term for its products.

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MiistahPotatoHead - February 24, 2012 at 10:33am
wtf. Since when is iPad an abbreviation of Apple? Stupid shit like this makes me dispair. Apple knew they had a winner on their hands and misled Proview about why they wanted the iPad name. Proview made a bad choice by selling out. Proview have panties in a knot. Apple present the original contract of sale. Proview go back to their hole, get iPad name banned in China, Apple continue on their path of world domination. We HAVE THEM IN AUSTRALIAN FUCKING SCHOOLS!
Tdt - February 24, 2012 at 6:06am
Shady practices on both sides. Apple created a shell company to buy the patent cheap. Shadier is Proview's, much like most individuals in the beginning of 2000 to register all the domain names speculatively in hope of cashing in on names that land a jackpot. The irony for Proview is that now their product is defunct, which can play in the hands of Apple, who has the deepest pocket in the world and the wind behind them. My vote is for Apple, however. As for Proview, they can always create knockoffs, for it is in their blood. What a mess. Apple should learn from this lesson: sometimes money can't buy everything, especially in a country like USA that always extolls the virtue of law.
Teh_One - February 24, 2012 at 4:50am
These guys are lucky Steve Jobs isn't around anymore.
Steve Jubs the Messiah - February 24, 2012 at 3:47am
The nerve of these kitchen sinks to try and do apple for 2 billion ! Just cause they are in debt and face delisting in hong kong in June
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