Apple pays $60 million to settle suit with Proview and to keep Apple iPad name in China

Apple pays $60 million to settle suit with Proview and to keep Apple iPad name in China
With all of the legal battles that Apple is involved in, at least one is over. The Cupertino based firm has agreed to pay $60 million to Proview for the rights to use the iPad name in China. The agreement was signed last week and confirmed during a court hearing on Monday morning. It will take as long as two weeks for the "iPad" name to be officially moved over to Apple by the Chinese national trademark authority. According to Mr. Xie, a lawyer at the Grandall Legal Group in Shenzhen, China, which represented Shenzhen Proview Technology, Proview considers the $60 million payment to be o.k., but not "large". That makes sense considering that Proview was seeking $2 billion dollars originally.

The testimony in the cased revealed that Apple had hired British attorneys to set up a company, IP Application Development, that would buy the iPad name around the world. Apple paid just £25,000 to Taiwan based Proview Technology for their rights to the iPad name in various countries. When Apple launched the tablet world wide with great success, Proview said that Apple had purchased the rights to the iPad name from Proview's Taiwan branch which did not include rights to use the name in China, which were held by Shenzhen Proview Technology. The latter company sued Apple for trademark infringement inGuangdong provincial court. At various times, the Chinese court ruled that Proview owned the trademark in China, a U.S. Court threw out Proview's attempt to move the battle to the U.S. legal system, and Proview's creditors claimed that they owned the trademark.

Now, with the announcement made by the Guangdong High People’s Court in Guangzhou on Monday, the litigation is over.

source: NewYorkTimes

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23 Comments

1. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

And yet courts are fining Apple only $2.29 million for falsely advertising their iPad in Australia. If a company can just blow $60 million to buy a name then why are the courts only fining Apple a few million?

2. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Why do you care how much Apple gets fined?

4. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Because you can't just give them a slap on the wrist for breaking the law. To Apple $2.29 million is nothing.

10. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

2.29 billion is something

14. TROLL.ISAHA

Posts: 535; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

Hahaha very good news... they had to pay twice.

15. TROLL.ISAHA

Posts: 535; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

We all care, @ are happy they paid a big amount. Good. Looks like first time they paid. Normally they steal. What does not belong or they invented... kill it kill that evil masters In disguise rooten fruit.

3. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

This is chump change to Apple. I think they got screwed here because they bought the name and then proview tried to extort more money

5. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Because god forbid Apple actually pays for something instead of stealing it. *cough*notification*cough*

6. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

show me that Googles has that patent. since you seem to trow it often

9. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Because things move slow over at the USTPO.

12. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Google didn't patent it because Google is open source and sharing and until apples recent legal tantrums Google didn't even need to patent the taskbar. On hindsight if they had known they would have patent it and apple wouldn't have had a 'new' feature to try boast about in its last one or two ios releases

13. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Google filed for the patent 2 years ago. Another ignorant fandroid.

20. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Yes after apple began to use it. Pull down taskbar has been in android donut phones since 4-5 years ago. Ios is as always innovative

16. TROLL.ISAHA

Posts: 535; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

Brainwashed And Worshiper cults....

7. rudlie

Posts: 205; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

at least apple not childish like google did, leaving business at mainland of china

8. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

What?! Apple was wrong??? Say it ain't so!

11. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Small change to a company like apple,they'll have that money gouged back from fans in days with a few extra 'wows' and 'amazing' in their next iproduct ads. Fair dues to proview if they had the name first for standing up to apple and not get squashed out. If apple had its way they would have the word 'phone' would be trademark by now

17. TROLL.ISAHA

Posts: 535; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

2 zombies in here.....

18. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 595; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

All they do is pay when something isnt theirs.

19. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Now we know why they wanna ban the Nexus. They need the extra money from customers to pay for sh*t like this when all they had to do was change the name slightly.

21. fraydoe

Posts: 57; Member since: Dec 27, 2011

apple needs money? lmfao i like your humor.

22. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Wow, only? I was hoping triple digit millions on penalties and a sales ban which spread across the world like a glorious sunrise...

23. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Just like Apple BUYING UP the competition. can't believe PUREVIEW sold their soul to Apple

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