As a result, the banks issues a joint statement this week, which included the claim that Proview’s trademarks now belong to them, and as such the IPAD trademark dispute was now “essentially between Apple and the eight banks.”
Who says fate doesn’t have a sense of humor? This wouldn’t let Apple off the hook (assuming that the final verdict rules against Apple, which may not happen), but it’s starting to look like Proview won’t be able to benefit from any potential settlement or ruling they are able to extract. Also, fair or not, this turn of events strongly reinforces the perception that Proview was a desperate company trying to get some fast cash from Apple, rather than one legitimately protecting its IP.
Of course if Apple announces the iSlate HD today you’ll know that Proview’s (or rather, Proview’s Banks’) position is stronger than we thought. But that doesn’t seem very likely to happen.
source: WSJ via electronista