Apple's lawsuit against Proview over the iPad name dismissed, Proview still seeks $1.5 billion for infringement

Apple's lawsuit against Proview over the iPad name dismissed, Proview still seeks $1.5 billion for infringement
Proview, the cheap monitors and other gear of which you might have seen here and there, has been spared an Apple lawsuit from the People's Court of Shenzhen over the iPad trade name, launched in May of last year.

The court has said that Proview Technology has registered the trademark iPad as late back as the year 2000, when Apple's tablet has not even been a twinkle in SJ's eye yet, for use in China and other regions. According to the local Southern Metropolis Daily newspaper, citing court documents it obtained, Apple's lawsuit has been dismissed on that ground.

Apparently Proview was planted an idea, though, and the company has been having a counter-lawsuit in its turn since last October, seeking up to 10 billion yuan ($1.5 billion) from Apple for copyright infringement in China. Apple bought the name from Proview Technology to use in Europe and other parts of the world for $55 000 last year, but apparently the trademark rights are still in ownership of Proview for China, hence the $1.5 billion request. The lawsuit fun around Apple never ends.

via Reuters & MarketWatch

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3. jacko unregistered

BURN APPLE BURN

4. rendHELL

Posts: 304; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

rot apple rot....

6. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

This stuff is just beyond stupid now.

7. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

wow.. so wait.. Apple tried to sue Proview for using the iPad name, even though it had been existance for years before apple even entered the space... but yet, the whole time they KNEW that, since they were PAYING proview to use the iPad name in non-chineese countries. WHAT?!?! lolol. seriously, apple. how mad with power are you that you are going to sue the guy you are licencing the name from.. on the grounds that they are infringing on your name!?!?! This is going to be a tab in history.. mark my words.. the man that built one of the richest corperate empires and was destroyed by his own ego about his brand and his constant lawsuits. They are going to create such a negative image of apple that companies will no longer want to work with them, and customers will no longer want to buy it. Its already starting.

11. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

they BOUGHT it... which means proview no longer has rights to it... do u not see that? and really? because i see microsoft sueing more people than apple, but their business relations seem to be fine.. and didnt apple just cite their most succesful november ever? just sayin but they have to be doin something right..

12. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

As stated above they bought the said name to be used only outside of China, hence in China they are still infringing that said patented name. And to think they're the one whose suing proview, proview just couter sued them, makes me wonder what on earth are they (Apple) thinkin' when they did that. . . Common now sue the company that is been licensing that name? And regarding Microsoft, even though they are suing too, atleast they aren't banning the sales of the said products. . .

14. solidsnakeduds013

Posts: 219; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Tell'em Lucas777!

15. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

lucas, reread the article. they didnt BUY anything, they were liscencing the name from proview for countries OUTSIDE of china. The lawsuit is INSIDE of china, where Apple has no rights to the ipad name. Hense why proview has counter sued them for copywrite infringement INSIDE of china.. and will win. MS and Apple sue for different reasons and have different outcomes for business practices. Apples and oranges. yea, most successful. the phone is on 3x more carriers this time than it was last time. of course its going to be more successful.. but its not 3x more successful. if you look at per carrier numbers, its down across the board. i4s sales on ATT are way down compared to i4 launch sales, on and on and on. Had they launched on the same carriers as last time, we would be hearing how the i4s is a huge failure compared to the i4. Its all in how you look at it.

16. iKingTrust

Posts: 716; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

remix guy does not read he just Trolls. You will learn that really fast

17. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

baahahaha. speaking of people that only troll and never actually read or contribute anything of merrit... hey iking! :) lol

8. tluv00

Posts: 134; Member since: Oct 18, 2007

Hahahaha.......Apple buys the name for everywhere except the highest concentration of people on the planet and then turn around and sue the people they bought it from for said region knowing they never purchased it for there? What a group of assholes if that is the case.

9. jibraihimi

Posts: 801; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

Hahahahaha........ This is really very funny..... Did siri forgot that original trademark for ipad name was with the proview......??? Some body is suffering from dementia at Apple...... :-)

10. ScottSchneider

Posts: 336; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

Apple Sued n Sued n Sued and Finally one day they will Sue their Own A$$e$ n they will not know they did it on their own face... Keep it up Apple... I wanna see that day...

13. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Yes, it does look like the reality distortion field is breaking down.

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