Apple yesterday launched iPad 3 versions and on the other hand the Cupertino-based Chinese iPad trademark battle seems not to be going to end soon – latest to add – Proview, the troubled company behind the whole matter, has asked Chinese distributors to stop selling the iPad since from the time Apple brings out its latest version to the market.
“Anybody who continues to do so will be seen as intentionally infringing rights and the company will adopt the most severe measures by taking legal action,” Proview Technology said in the letter to iPad suppliers and resellers in China. Rachel He, a lawyer with the firm Guangdong Sun-Kindle said: “This is Proview’s strategy to give Apple more pressure in the Chinese market, to try and add another blow to its iPad sales there.”
The move is the latest twist in long-running legal battles between both the companies. Yesterday The Bank of China with seven other Proview’s creditor’s banks has indicated that the dispute is no longer in Proview’s hands, instead of that, it is now between Apple and the eight banks.
A week ago, the Chinese creditors have appealed for Taiwanese firm Proview to be put into liquidation, and even freezing the case in accordance with Chinese law. The Fubon Insurance, Proview creditor is in the process of reclaiming debts from Proview which totals at around $8.68 million as of November 2010.