Court rules against Proview in attempt to ban Apple iPad sales in Shanghai
We had requested an injunction that would force Apple to stop sales of the iPad on the grounds that they are infringing upon Proview’s trademark, but the court has rejected our request and decided that it will not hear the case." Proview is seeking $38 million for the rights to use the iPad name in China, much lower than the original claim for $1.5 billion. The $38 million seems like chump change for Apple, but the Cupertino based firm is probably fearful of a settlement which could open the door for anyone to make a legal run at Apple. Of course, Proview does feel that it has a legitimate legal leg to stand on after the People's Court of Shenzhen ruled that Proview's trademark for the "iPad" name is valid for the entire country. The original filing was made in 2000, years before an Apple iPad-like tablet was even just a gleam in Steve Jobs' eye.
There are reports of sporadic enforcement by Chinese police confiscating Apple iPads from local stores, but thus far Apple has managed to stave off a countrywide ban on sales. The decision made against Proview in Pudong District should help with that for the time being.
source: Yahoo via AllthingsD