Apple files Apple iPad design with China's Patent and Trademark Office

Apple files Apple iPad design with China's Patent and Trademark Office
Looking to avoid a repeat of last year's battle in China with Proview over the use of the iPad name, Apple filed with China's Patent and Trademark Office to register the design of its tablet. Two designs, one in black and white and the other in color, were submitted under International Class 009. This is a patent classification covering computers, peripherals, digital electronic devices and other IT-related products.

Apple is looking to make the country its number one market, a goal that CEO Tim Cook recently said would happen soon. Toward that goal, 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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29 Comments

1. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

What Apple wants, Apple gets. Spoiled brat.

9. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Protecting innovation isn't being spoiled.

11. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

your name should be: stupid is as stupid does...

19. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Also with that avatar of hes™®©

12. lolioslol

Posts: 182; Member since: Dec 10, 2012

Shut. The. F*ck. Up.

26. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

your comment contains much less profanity that Mxyzptlk's.. Thumbs up!

23. Tele7

Posts: 47; Member since: Dec 12, 2012

You know people had already used a rectrangle with rounded corners, it was called "brick", it is not innovation

29. JC557

Posts: 1918; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Well, it was known as Candybar form factor. Then it became slate after they became larger touchscreens.

25. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

Yes, true, protecting innovation isn't being spoiled, but protecting stupidity is. And apple is always doing the latter.

24. cheetah2k

Posts: 2198; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Its a bit late. All those Chinese copies would be considered prior art..

2. MrJerry

Posts: 403; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

So did they get name "iphone" in Mexico?

3. mick25

Posts: 110; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Good luck trying win a patent battle in China.

13. lolioslol

Posts: 182; Member since: Dec 10, 2012

This. I think they will find the Chinese are less receptive to their bullsh*t shenanigans.

15. mick25

Posts: 110; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Chinese legal system is much different than that of US and EU. On top of that, Chinese domestic manufacturers are supported and even subsidized by the government. Apple is well aware of this.

27. troutsy

Posts: 381; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

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!

4. wildcard

Posts: 65; Member since: Jan 15, 2013

apple is all about money money money an thing last forever

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 30904; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

What company isn't about money?

20. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

But no company is like Apple, dirty, greedy, stealing other peoples invention, and patenting what does not belong to them, also letting no others using this!

5. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Great!! More patent wars we can look forward to!

6. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Description of the patent should be: "A large rectangular device with rounded corners with a multi-touch display housed in a thick screen bezel."

7. tedkord

Posts: 17201; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

"Apple files Kinght-Ridder Tablet design with China's Patent and Trademark Office" Fixed your headline for you.

8. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

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.

10. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

China do not do it - they only copied previous tablets that never sold very well or copied previous ideas already out there...proof is out there...

14. lolioslol

Posts: 182; Member since: Dec 10, 2012

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.

16. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

These are nothing but signs of nervousness.

17. dorianb

Posts: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

I wonder how much they're gonna pay for this patent & still get sued & lose in China.

21. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

They have plenty of money to waste, its good all there money is spent on litigation and not on innovation™®©

22. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Well Goophone has patents to lot of these things i guess ... apple has just filed ... filing doesn't mean granted. So lets wait and watch :)

28. davecann2

Posts: 460; Member since: Mar 15, 2011

This is the kind of news that keeps me interested in staying with the iPhone! Looking forwward to hearing more on this rumor.

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