Apple’s iPad Trademark Issue In China May Results In A Total Trade Ban In The Country

Posted on Feb 14 2012 - 12:38pm by Editorial Staff

With the news rounding up regarding the Apple’s China “iPad” trademark issue and as per we reported earlier today that authorities in China have reportedly begin removing Apple iPads from retail store in the country – some local Administrations of Industry and Commerce (AIC) have begun confiscating the product wherever it has been found on sale, in reponse to the ruling against the iPad maker – the company could face a complete ban on its import and export of its iPad tablet in China after a Chinese technology firm Proview claims to own the ‘iPad’ trademark said it will seek a ban on shipments of the device in the country.

The iPad maker, Apple has appealed a Chinese court on last December ruling rejected its ownership of iPad trademark in China. Proview – the company against which the Apple had originally filed a lawsuit over the trademark control issue. But back in December, Apple’s claim was rejected by the Shenzhen Municipal Intermediate People’s Court.

“We bought Proview’s worldwide rights to the iPad trademark in 10 different countries several years ago. Proview refuses to honor their agreement with Apple in China and a Hong Kong court has sided with Apple in this matter,” an Apple spokeswoman said.

Apple filed an appeal with the Higher People’s Court of Guangdong Province on January 5, stating, “It has bought the worldwide rights to the trademark long ago. Proview did sell off trademarks for other regions around the world to a company associated with Apple in 2006 for $55,000, but asserts that it still holds the rights for the name in mainland China.”

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