Proview Wants $1.5 Billion From Apple for Infringing Its iPad Trademark

Proview Wants $1.5 Billion From Apple for Infringing Its iPad Trademark

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Beijing authorities have reportedly opened an investigation into Apple's possible infringement of Proview's iPad trademark in China, reports GlobalTimes.

According to the Beijing Evening News, the Xicheng District Administration for Industry and Commerce has investigated the case, as it is the district where one of the five Apple stores in China is located. Apple has been denied the rights to the trademark for the term "iPad" in China, after a legal battle with Hong Kong-based Proview Technology. Proview registered the iPad trademark in markets as early as 2000, long before Apple unveiled the iPad in [2010].

"Proview made a formal complaint to the Xicheng administration in 2011 and they had planned to slap Apple with a 240 million yuan ($38 million) fine, but it was suspended after Apple's objections," said Xie Xianghui, a lawyer from the Shenzhen branch of Grandall Law Firm. Xie says that Proview has also filed lawsuits against Apple authorized retailers and plans to ask for 10 billion yuan ($1.5 billion USD) in compensation from Apple.

The Xicheng District Administration says the situation is under investigation and they haven't announced the possibility of a fine for Apple.

Apple filed an appeal on January 5th with the Higher People's Court of Guangdong Province, after losing its claim to the trademark in the Shenzhen Intermediate People's Court. Apple says that a Proview subsidiary in Taiwan sold the trademark rights to a UK company called "IP Applications" which then sold the mark to Apple in 2010.

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Proview Wants $1.5 Billion From Apple for Infringing Its iPad Trademark

merliner - February 8, 2012 at 3:59am
omfg! i'm in-sensed by china's lack of integrity when it comes to ip. at this point i wouldn't be surprised if they somehow can produce 'authenticated/backdated' (haha) documents that says here look 'we have evidentiary proof that we have been using this trademark since before you came out with it. now we want to extort-i mean, we'd like you to compensate us'. i am no forensics expert when it comes to actual creation dates of a file, printed/non-printed material, but, can you fool people into believing any material is dated authentically-like say backdated?
WTF - February 8, 2012 at 3:35am
1.5 billion dollars for a name? lmao..... don't they realize that it doesn't matter if they name the iPad, "the icrap" it's still gonna sell the same??? chinese, they're crazy.....
Tax man - February 7, 2012 at 10:08pm
Way to go for deadbeat companies looking at making some easy dough. What else do you have to lose.
justabrake - February 7, 2012 at 10:06pm
they could say they want any amount doesn't mean there going to get it for a name
James - February 7, 2012 at 9:22pm
"Take that take that" says p diddy
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