Apple files Apple iPad design with China's Patent and Trademark Office
posted by Alan F. / Jan 20, 2013, 1:21 AM
Apple has started helping Chinese consumers finance the purchase of the Apple iPhone from its online store. and there are hopes that the meeting earlier this month between Cook and China Mobile will lead to a deal for Apple to sell its phone through the world's largest carrier in the world's largest market.
Last July, Apple paid Proview $60 million for the rights to the iPad name in China. When Apple purchased the rights to the name from Proview's Taiwan branch prior to the world-wide launch of the device, the company did not know that this division did not own the rights to the name on the mainland. After a prolonged legal battle that briefly found its way into the U.S. legal system, the settlement was finally reached.
source: PatentlyApple via AppleInsider
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What Apple wants, Apple gets. Spoiled brat.
posted on Jan 20, 2013, 1:28 AM 10
Protecting innovation isn't being spoiled.
posted on Jan 20, 2013, 9:34 AM 0
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Good luck trying win a patent battle in China.
posted on Jan 20, 2013, 1:50 AM 8
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This. I think they will find the Chinese are less receptive to their bullsh*t shenanigans.
posted on Jan 20, 2013, 10:25 AM 1
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Silly Apple, everyone knows that China's Patent and Trademark office is a shadow corporation owned by the Copying and Producing Cheap Knock-off Office. They just handed over the designs to every competitor in China!
posted on Jan 21, 2013, 7:25 AM 0
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apple is all about money money money an thing last forever
posted on Jan 20, 2013, 4:33 AM 8
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What company isn't about money?
posted on Jan 20, 2013, 2:27 PM 1
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So... just filed for but not granted yet? How long does the process usually take in China to be granted a patent? Given that it's China, good luck to Apple trying to litigate against any company there they feel infringes on their patent. If thermonuclear war isn't working out so well for them in the Western world, I'd love to see how it pans out in the Far East. I guess that only leaves litigation against non-Chinese companies. I wouldn't be surprised if the Tim Cook visit and the iPhone financing options isn't simply a ploy to cement a "most favored nation" bargain with the Chinese government: Apple finances their devices in China to make them appear more affordable, Apple won't litigate against Chinese manufacturers in foreign markets because they *license* the designs filed in the Chinese PTO keeping the terms privy only to themselves... and in exchange, when Apple sues a foreign competitor in China it won't be tossed out of court as is happening in basically the rest of the world. Outside of the US that is.
posted on Jan 20, 2013, 9:00 AM 1
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What a great way to boost their image in China! I mean they're doing so well already, providing gainful employment to thousands of Chinese, trying to make a deal with China Mobile, I'm sure tying up their legal system with their never ending bullsh*t will go over just as well as it did everywhere else in the world. Well done apple, take a bow, you are done.
posted on Jan 20, 2013, 10:40 AM 1
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I wonder how much they're gonna pay for this patent & still get sued & lose in China.
posted on Jan 20, 2013, 1:57 PM 3
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They have plenty of money to waste, its good all there money is spent on litigation and not on innovation™®©
posted on Jan 20, 2013, 2:35 PM 1
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