As lawsuits amp up, Proview extends olive branch to Apple
0. phoneArena 22 Feb 2012, 11:13 posted on
Apple and Proview continue to clash in Chinese courts, while Proview hints at the possibility of a settlement...
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1. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
how about the Ipod Touch 9.7"?
15. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
Good one, then they can sue Samsung for infringing on their naming scheme, even though Samsung had it first
2. speckledapple (Posts: 892; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)
I may not like how Apple has used the courts in a similar way against other companies, but this is wrong hands down. If the company knowingly entered an agreement with Apple but now are back tracking in hopes of obviously getting more money and essentially using the courts to do so, its just wrong. This is why court systems all over are fractured. The use for something like this should be stopped.
3. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
if apple was careless enough to not properly obtain the patent it is only apple's fault. only time will tell what the verdict or settlement will be.
7. Scott_H (Posts: 167; Member since: 28 Oct 2011)
Speckle, I agree that would be wrong - the issue is whether the Taiwanese subsidiary of Proview actually had the legal footing to sell the Chinese trademark rights. This need to deal with more than one legal system in China is actually a common problem encountered by Western technology companies; it's why Google moved their servers back to Hong Kong after disputes with the Chinese government about hacking and censorship, and why some companies are loath to move offices into any part of China except Hong Kong.
In the end perhaps the Chinese courts will side with Apple; certainly a ruling against Apple that forces a huge settlement could put a damper on the enthusiasm of some companies to invest in mainland China. So we'll see; I just wanted to make clear that it's not one company that "tricked" Apple, it's one subsidiary that sold rights it though it had, but the mainland company is claiming the sale violated Chinese law. Maybe they're wrong, but they didn't make the sale themselves and turn around and change their minds, it was a separate business entity.
17. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
This isn't the first time Apple has used a name without getting the owners' permission. See iCloud and iPhone for example.
They could just come up with new names for stuff that isn't being used...
4. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)
In end Apple will take out their final weapon and nuke Proview with it
5. galaxyisking (Posts: 58; Member since: 18 Nov 2011)
"ijobsisburninginhell" pad has a nice ring to it... too soon?
8. fervid (Posts: 183; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
Apple demands to see an actual product sold there using that name, yet they have patents on things and ideas that didn't exist, some still don't exist, and others that already existed before their patent??? They need to start applying their logic on themselves.
12. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
dude, apple is saying that proview should give up the rights to ipad b/c proview cant make one. it is only logic that apple should be subject to the same treatment. for example apple cant make a hydrogen fuel cell powered phone, but they have a patent on it. it is unfair of apple to try and push that agenda on proview when they dont honor it themselves.
14. iBeliever (banned) (Posts: 33; Member since: 21 Feb 2012)
How many people is Apple suing for products they don't make?
16. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
none they are trying to get proview to forfeit a patent worth hundreds of millions of dollars because proview hasnt made use of it. apple holds many patents that they cannot or will not use themselves. its the pot calling the kettle black.
26. pbui.818 (Posts: 78; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)
13. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)
Olive branch??? Give them the sword!!! it's the only language they know.
22. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)
I wouldn't extend an 'Olive' pitt, let alone a whole branch.
19. johnnybe (Posts: 23; Member since: 27 Apr 2011)
Call it the maxipad, and when they make a smaller version it can be the minipad!
23. downphoenix (Posts: 3155; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
How about iPon? They could always switch from using Maxi Pads to Tampons.
29. roscuthiii (Posts: 2176; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)
I like the thought process there... but you know the Apple faithful would nickname it the iPwn. And then they'd go off on tirades about sales figures while claiming to be the creative type that "think different".