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Proview claims another legal victory, Apple threatens defamation lawsuit

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Proview claims another legal victory, Apple threatens defamation lawsuit
It looks like Proview and Apple are now engaged in a billion dollar game of chicken. Proview claimed yesterday to have won another victory against Apple, this time in Intermediate People’s Court in Huizhou, in Guangdong Province. The ruling according to Proview, states that Chinese retailers should stop selling iPads within China.

Proview has reportedly filed more than 40 lawsuits in different provincial courts, so we may see victories (or defeats) reported on a regular basis, although most of these court ruling will ultimately be governed either by an out of court settlement, or when a higher Chinese court makes a final ruling.

Apple isn’t content to sit around and wait for that ruling, however, and has sent a cease and desist letter to Proview officials, claiming that Proview is releasing information to the press about their copyright deal that it knows to be false; Apple indicates that these claims injure their reputation, and are threatening to sue Proview for defamation if they continue to make such claims to the media.

With Proview looking to file suit in the U.S. against Apple, and Apple now threatening to open up another line of attack in the Chinese courts, it’s not clear who will blink first. Apple certainly has some of the best lawyers that money can buy, but in China at least Proview is playing on its home court.

We feel certain that this will eventually be resolved out of court, for now the companies are jostling for leverage to see who gets to dictate the terms of such an agreement. One small bit of relief for the rest of the world – both sides seem to agree that it’s unlikely that Chinese officials would agree to Proview's request to block exports of the iPad out of China, so this set of lawsuits is unlikely to have a significant impact on customers in the rest of the world.

source: PCWorld via Tech Crunch; 9to5Mac

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posted on 20 Feb 2012, 12:48 4

1. galaxyisking (Posts: 58; Member since: 18 Nov 2011)


When will it end.

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 12:52 1

4. jove39 (Posts: 1286; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Never

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 12:50 19

2. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


"Apple indicates that these claims injure their reputation, and are threatening to sue Proview"

because the endless lawsuits flowing from apple's legal department arent injuring their reputation at all....

so childish. i hope proview declines all out of court settlements and has the ipad banned from being imported AND exported from China.

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 13:22 9

13. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


sounds like a good plan lol

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 13:36 5

14. maier9900 (Posts: 272; Member since: 17 Dec 2011)


That will never happen...

We are all fans of some technology in this world and write our opinions based on no experience whatsoever about a competition's certain product. (Well not all of us) But you must probably be the most hater of all haters for saying that.

Apple will get their respective punishment as this lawsuit comes to an end (if).

Just as HTC, Samsung and others paid their fair to Apple, Apple will now pay Proview and whoever else wants to make another lawsuit that the court rules in their favor.

What if your favorite phone & and tablet manufacturer gets banned from entering US... Would you like that, i dont think so.

But you know we can say whatever we want so... yeah!

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 13:55 8

16. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


my goodness maier! you must be a professional psycho-analyst. you are the most ingenious person in the world!!! you are the only person who has ever understood me! i am "the most hater of all haters".

get real. i post my opinion. you post yours. stop taking personal shots and i will too.

my opinion- i dislike apple's tablets. i want a tablet that is a minature computer not an oversized ipod.

ignore me if you must. i know i ignore you more often than not.

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 14:06 5

19. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


well said bro. totally agree with you

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 14:09 3

20. maier9900 (Posts: 272; Member since: 17 Dec 2011)


You need to chill Psycho!!!

I gave my opinion based on your comment...

And you're calling the iPad an oversized iPod?!
Woow you then my friend must be smarter than Steve Jobs...

You can have your OVERSIZED ANDROID phone then.

And yes you ARE the MOST hater of ALL HATERS.

Get it through your head...

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 14:19 7

23. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


hey maier, what does it feel like to thumb up your own posts? i always wanted to try it. you make it look like so much fun.

it is sad that the only thumbs up you get are your own.

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 14:26 3

25. maier9900 (Posts: 272; Member since: 17 Dec 2011)


you got problems Squash !

The only thumbs up you GET are from haters just like you! Go be with your community of haters and stop acting like a smart *ss...

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 22:18 2

37. bayusuputra (Posts: 941; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


iPhone - an iPod with cellular radio
iPad 3G - an oversized iPhone, which itself is an oversized iPod
iPad WiFi - an oversized iPhone without the cellular radio, which makes it an oversized iPod

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 13:59 4

17. quesoesgrande (Posts: 217; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


Um, the only company that truly infringed on any apple patent was samsung. Apple just gve thier lawyers a stack of cash bigger than u can imagine and an EVEN BIGGER budget. Then, they said, go be anti competitive and find EVERY posible thing that could be in any ridiculous way b used against someone cutting into our profits (ie, samsung, htc, moto, lg, nokia) Then they said to find ideas in other OSes (ie, andriod notification bar, anyone?) that they could steal

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 12:51 10

3. ivanko34 (Posts: 617; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)


apple should try to sue Proview in germany

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 15:41

29. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 801; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


Sue for what exactly? For not allowing them to use the ipad name which is trademarked/patented by proview? Sounds smart aren't they?

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 12:56 2

5. tward291 (Posts: 559; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)


i believe that even if apple sued and won i germany it wouldnt mean anything if china doesnt except it. dont forget china does not have to operate under ares or Eu laws unless it fits them to do so

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 12:59 6

6. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


i think ivanko's point was that apple would win if the lawsuit was in german court.

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 13:08 5

8. tward291 (Posts: 559; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)


lol true

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 13:07 4

7. tedkord (Posts: 4833; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Trying to find justice in China is a losing battle. It's the land of piracy, and it's government is even more corrupt than others. In China, you could literally steal iPads, slap a sticker with your company name on it over the Apple logo, and sell them as your product, and if you grease the right palms in the government, you'll get away with it.

Apple won't lose a lawsuit in America, but they may lose the entire Chinese market for iPads - and that's a damned big market.

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 13:13 1

9. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


arrr! lol. i

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 13:14 1

10. tward291 (Posts: 559; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)


apple will have to make a lot of promises to the chinese goverment which means $$$. Also with them keeping there manufactoring base there for long term

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 14:03

18. quesoesgrande (Posts: 217; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


so true!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Lol!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 13:14 5

11. baaam (Posts: 61; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)


I bet lawyers at Apple are all smiling! more lawsuits more money!! Yay!!

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 13:18 3

12. theBankRobber (Posts: 647; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


Apple has been playing hard ball and now its about their reputation being hurt, so are the others they are taking to court. If you steal and found guilty , you pay.

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 14:25 3

24. quesoesgrande (Posts: 217; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


Yes, but apple has more than enough bribe money to win in the EU, US, and China

Every man has a price unfortunatley

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 14:33

27. tward291 (Posts: 559; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)


yes but were not talking about a couple million there going to need to spend alot more than that becasue the ppl they bribe could make more money taking an apple ipad and slapping a proview sticker on it lol.

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 13:40 1

15. thnkthru3 (Posts: 73; Member since: 25 Dec 2011)


It seems if you go up against Apple you pay..whether you stole or not.

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 14:11 7

21. quesoesgrande (Posts: 217; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


After all of these law suits, its funny that the WHOLE new ios notification system is ripped off of android while apple makes them pay for everything apple stole. And,apple keeps saying that their late, underpowered, below android and maybe even windows phone, phones change everything! Only 1 iphone changed anything, the original. The rest copied off the first iphone or better nonapple smartphones

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 16:45

31. stealthd (Posts: 967; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


You clearly don't know what you're talking about, because the WHOLE iOS notification system has features Android DOESN'T.

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 17:37 4

32. tward291 (Posts: 559; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)


google unlock has different features that ios doesnt have so im not understanding you logic

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 17:48 2

34. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


don't expect any logical reply...most not apple fans are hypocrites,they don't mind apple doing something but the moment another company does the same thing back they think its wrong lol no surprise there as a certain ex CEO of apple was a hypocrite

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 22:24

38. bayusuputra (Posts: 941; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


wow, yeah, true..

with my android, i can't:
- change my settings from my notification bar
- go to recent apps from my notification bar
- kill apps from notification bar

the only thing i can do from my notification bar is to look at the weather and stock, when i am no stock broker.. guess iOS wins now.. so sad..

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 14:13 11

22. Razruser (Posts: 2; Member since: 13 Feb 2012)


What good is apple? May be good to our health, but is cetainly not good to the mobile world because of all these lawsuits. Apple should stop being autocrat like Hitler and allow others to enjoy a fair share of the mobile market.

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 14:27 2

26. quesoesgrande (Posts: 217; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


finally someonewho sees the truth

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 16:09 2

30. jroc74 (Posts: 4850; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Totally agree.

Apple is making sooo much money just of the iPhone ALONE....why do they want it all? IF....folks were stealing from them...I could see if it was causing them monetary damages....but they keep posting record profits month after month...

Apple is 1 or 2 depending on what you look at...market share or profits. Someone at Apple needs to go n get laid...

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 22:42 1

39. bvalde09 (Posts: 172; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


I agree. No good comes from lawsuits. Apple lawsuits are BS

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 14:42 5

28. TKFox007 (Posts: 303; Member since: 02 Nov 2010)


Apple's worried about their reputation being tarnished? They've done everything under the sun to make people already hate them.

What's next? Is Apple going to sue Hasbro over the characters Applejack and Big Macintosh?

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 17:41 4

33. Johnny_Mnemonic (Posts: 240; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


That's The stupidest lawsuit I've ever heard ( Apple threatens defamation lawsuit ) it's funny cuase Apple is afraid that people will notice they're buying crap

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 21:14 6

35. kanagadeepan (Posts: 669; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)


Apple, simply change the name of iPad to iGiantPod and sell it in China... Then ProView can't sue them for sure...

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 21:21

36. Johnny_Mnemonic (Posts: 240; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Good one kanaga 2 thumbs up

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 22:47

40. androidrockzz (Posts: 51; Member since: 04 Feb 2012)


"Now i get it--> why apple goes behind other competitors"

posted on 21 Feb 2012, 00:52

41. garz_pa (Posts: 154; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


♫ ......and a partridge in a pear tree. ♪

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