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Apple pays $60 million to settle suit with Proview and to keep Apple iPad name in China

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Apple pays $60 million to settle suit with Proview and to keep Apple iPad name in China
With all of the legal battles that Apple is involved in, at least one is over. The Cupertino based firm has agreed to pay $60 million to Proview for the rights to use the iPad name in China. The agreement was signed last week and confirmed during a court hearing on Monday morning. It will take as long as two weeks for the "iPad" name to be officially moved over to Apple by the Chinese national trademark authority. According to Mr. Xie, a lawyer at the Grandall Legal Group in Shenzhen, China, which represented Shenzhen Proview Technology, Proview considers the $60 million payment to be o.k., but not "large". That makes sense considering that Proview was seeking $2 billion dollars originally.

Apple now has the rights to the iPad name in China

Apple now has the rights to the iPad name in China

The testimony in the cased revealed that Apple had hired British attorneys to set up a company, IP Application Development, that would buy the iPad name around the world. Apple paid just £25,000 to Taiwan based Proview Technology for their rights to the iPad name in various countries. When Apple launched the tablet world wide with great success, Proview said that Apple had purchased the rights to the iPad name from Proview's Taiwan branch which did not include rights to use the name in China, which were held by Shenzhen Proview Technology. The latter company sued Apple for trademark infringement inGuangdong provincial court. At various times, the Chinese court ruled that Proview owned the trademark in China, a U.S. Court threw out Proview's attempt to move the battle to the U.S. legal system, and Proview's creditors claimed that they owned the trademark.

Now, with the announcement made by the Guangdong High People’s Court in Guangzhou on Monday, the litigation is over.

source: NewYorkTimes

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posted on 02 Jul 2012, 00:26 11

1. mas11 (Posts: 1015; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


And yet courts are fining Apple only $2.29 million for falsely advertising their iPad in Australia. If a company can just blow $60 million to buy a name then why are the courts only fining Apple a few million?

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 00:28 6

2. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Why do you care how much Apple gets fined?

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 00:32 11

4. mas11 (Posts: 1015; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


Because you can't just give them a slap on the wrist for breaking the law. To Apple $2.29 million is nothing.

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 02:32 4

10. dickwyn (Posts: 552; Member since: 07 May 2012)


2.29 billion is something

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 05:09 2

14. TROLL.ISAHA (banned) (Posts: 535; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


Hahaha very good news... they had to pay twice.

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 05:13 2

15. TROLL.ISAHA (banned) (Posts: 535; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


We all care, @ are happy they paid a big amount. Good.
Looks like first time they paid. Normally they steal. What does not belong or they invented... kill it kill that evil masters
In disguise rooten fruit.

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 00:29 3

3. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


This is chump change to Apple. I think they got screwed here because they bought the name and then proview tried to extort more money

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 00:41 9

5. mas11 (Posts: 1015; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


Because god forbid Apple actually pays for something instead of stealing it. *cough*notification*cough*

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 00:52 5

6. gallitoking (Posts: 4630; Member since: 17 May 2011)


show me that Googles has that patent. since you seem to trow it often

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 01:50 3

9. mas11 (Posts: 1015; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


Because things move slow over at the USTPO.

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 03:49 2

12. andro. (Posts: 1927; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Google didn't patent it because Google is open source and sharing and until apples recent legal tantrums Google didn't even need to patent the taskbar. On hindsight if they had known they would have patent it and apple wouldn't have had a 'new' feature to try boast about in its last one or two ios releases

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 04:25 1

13. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Google filed for the patent 2 years ago. Another ignorant fandroid.

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 07:19

20. andro. (Posts: 1927; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Yes after apple began to use it. Pull down taskbar has been in android donut phones since 4-5 years ago. Ios is as always innovative

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 05:14 3

16. TROLL.ISAHA (banned) (Posts: 535; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


Brainwashed

And
Worshiper cults....

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 01:02 3

7. rudlie (Posts: 182; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


at least apple not childish like google did, leaving business at mainland of china

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 01:25 4

8. roscuthiii (Posts: 1717; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


What?! Apple was wrong??? Say it ain't so!

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 03:45 1

11. andro. (Posts: 1927; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Small change to a company like apple,they'll have that money gouged back from fans in days with a few extra 'wows' and 'amazing' in their next iproduct ads. Fair dues to proview if they had the name first for standing up to apple and not get squashed out. If apple had its way they would have the word 'phone' would be trademark by now

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 05:17 3

17. TROLL.ISAHA (banned) (Posts: 535; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


2 zombies in here.....

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 06:21

18. Atrixboyyy (Posts: 227; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


All they do is pay when something isnt theirs.

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 07:15

19. frydaexiii (Posts: 1157; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


Now we know why they wanna ban the Nexus. They need the extra money from customers to pay for sh*t like this when all they had to do was change the name slightly.

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 07:19

21. fraydoe (Posts: 57; Member since: 27 Dec 2011)


apple needs money? lmfao i like your humor.

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 07:57

22. -box- (Posts: 3566; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Wow, only? I was hoping triple digit millions on penalties and a sales ban which spread across the world like a glorious sunrise...

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 18:07

23. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 5645; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Just like Apple BUYING UP the competition. can't believe PUREVIEW sold their soul to Apple

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