In the latest turf between Apple and the Taiwanese firm Proview over the iPad Trademark issue, Proview is now staking on to claim its rights for the global ‘iPad’ trademark, after the company amended the US lawsuit it filed against Apple last week, Focus Taiwan reports – the revised suit states that Apple by fraud purchased the trademark rights using fraud and unfair competition when it secured the trademark through UK-based shell company named as IP Application Development Limited (IPAD), Proview now reportedly seeking worldwide rights to the term.
Apple purchased the trademark for GBP 35000 through the UK-based shell firm. Apple hired a British firm name Farncombe International to secure a trademark license for the name iPad – the trademark was then held with Proview, a Taiwanese company that built iMac-shaped monitors it called as IPAD. In an urge further a shell company called IP Application Development Limited – IPAD Ltd. was created by Farncombe’s managing director, Graham Robinson – approaching Proview stating the company needed the acronym for its business.
Proview is reported to have provided evidence to support its new claim. If it is successful, the company will regain the rights to the trademark in the European Union, South Korea, Mexico, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam.