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Proview owns iPad name in China says Chinese government official

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Proview owns iPad name in China says Chinese government official
Proview and Apple have been battling in Chinese court over which of the two companies owns the iPad name in the country. While the court has yet to make a decision on the case, at least one Chinese government official believes that Proview should win the case. Fu Shuangjian, a deputy director for the State Administration for Industry and Commerce in China says that, "According to the … provisions of the China Trademark Law, currently Shenzhen Proview is the legal registrant of the iPad trademark," said the official. Shuangjian's comments were the first made on this case by a Chinese official. His department oversees market regulation and supervision.

Apple claims that it had purchased the rights to the iPad name in China back in 2009, but Proview claims that the subsidiary that signed off on the deal did not legally own the iPad name in China. Proview says that it was its Shenzhen subsidiary that had registered the name. In other words, Apple allegedly dealt with the wrong part of Proview when trying to secure the rights to the iPad name.

The new iPad has yet to launch in China

The new iPad has yet to launch in China

Assuming that Mr. Shuangjian is right, this wouldn't be the first time that Apple took a name away from its legal owner. Back in 2007, Apple started using the iPhone name for its smartphone even though Cisco owned the name in the U.S and a company named Comwave owned the rights in Canada. It was full speed ahead for Apple and 3 years later, eventually Cisco, Comwave and Apple reached a deal. That seems to be what Apple has in mind with Proview as lawyers for both sides are said to be talking over a possible settlement. Apple has refused to comment on the latest round of talks.

With Apple flush with cash, it might be a good idea for Apple to get rid of a nuisance that might be holding them back from launching the third-generation Apple iPad in China. For its part, Proview is said to favor an out of court settlement. Waiting for a court decision could backfire for the American tech giant. Shuangjian says, "This case has a huge impact and the final court ruling would directly influence who owns the iPad trademark. The commerce department will (take the matter) very seriously."

source: Reuters

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posted on 24 Apr 2012, 19:36 13

1. salic (Posts: 24; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


Proview is about to get PAID lol

posted on 24 Apr 2012, 22:40 3

6. steelicon (Posts: 309; Member since: 02 Apr 2011)


iPaid

posted on 24 Apr 2012, 20:09 7

2. matrix_neo (Posts: 309; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


Revolutionary, magical, innovative products... really??!! Ipad?! Iphone?! After stealing their names from respective owners and telling their sheeps they revolutionized, spilled some magic and adding innovation in all of their idevices, yet they still claim they owned it. Even accusing some companies especially samsung for copying their idevices, but what they are doing is the same also.

Go proview, apple has lots of money, time to eat an apple pie. They can't resist even their sheeps, coz obviously you're entitled to it. Just saying...

posted on 24 Apr 2012, 20:29 6

3. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1229; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Totally agree with you! I am wondering how much Apple is going to spend to buy the trademark. We all know they have the money in the bank to purchase it. But what if Proview wont sell it? That will be even more interesting

posted on 24 Apr 2012, 21:46 3

5. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


what exactly do u want them to call their products? dull, boring, and terrible? stop being such a sheep for apple marketing…

im sure apple will just pay proview… if u remember, they set up a contract with proview before, but something happened and apparently it isnt valid in china… i am not exactly sure what the deal is

and you cannot doubt that the galaxy tab looked like an ipad 2… even the case was the same darn thing… apple did not sue other companies such as asus because their tablets look quite different

posted on 24 Apr 2012, 23:21 1

9. eaxvac (Posts: 328; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


lol another fandroid, you are such a sheep

posted on 24 Apr 2012, 20:32 4

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


Apple steals also names !
Also ?

posted on 24 Apr 2012, 22:47 2

7. ardent1 (Posts: 1991; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


Anyone who studied the history of ancient and not so ancient China understands corruption is a common theme in the mainland or for the Hans. Just about every major dynasty in China was ended due to corruption. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dynastic_cycle for fun reading.

If mainland China makes the wrong decision, it will have severe consequences. The question is did Proview legally transfered the rights of the "iPad" to Apple. If it did, it's just sour grapes. The court in Hong Kong to date have supported Apple's claims.

posted on 24 Apr 2012, 23:21 1

8. eaxvac (Posts: 328; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


China == Piracy.

posted on 25 Apr 2012, 01:56 2

10. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


there is no such a things like law, legal or brands.
I was in china and I could have bought "patek philippe" or "omega" at every possible corner.
Police do nothing about it. Why? Because government says so.
There is no frikking way any company in the world could win in china. Look at "hermes" or bmw. i-m-p-o-s-s-i-b-l-e is the most appropriate word.

posted on 25 Apr 2012, 02:09

11. APPLE_ROYALLY (Posts: 25; Member since: 24 Apr 2012)


We say sales speaks of itself. we say
it wil cause a big hype. and we like
that...

posted on 25 Apr 2012, 10:40 2

12. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


That's one thing I hate about dealing with China companies regarding patents. Everybody claims they own one, take Plasma Car for example. They've been suing everybody who's been selling a twist and go car that look like Plasma Car and everybody they sued claimed that they have patents for their product from different sources.

Well, tough on Apple on this one...

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