North Korean tech company rips off Apple's trademarks by marketing the Ryonghung iPad

North Korean tech company rips off Apple's trademarks by marketing the Ryonghung iPad
The powers that be in North Korea don't seem to care about international conventions, so perhaps it is no surprise that they would stick their tongues out at trademark and patent violations. This time, the target is Apple. A tech company in the country, Ryonghung, has launched a tablet that it calls the Ryonghung iPad. This is obviously a rip off of the branding used by Apple for its tablets, right down to the use of the lower case "i" and capital "P." Considering that Apple introduced the tablet category back in 2010, there is no question which company used the name first. And of course, Apple has trademarked the name.

North Korea has ripped off Apple before with its version of the iMac that was pre-loaded with Red Star 3.0, a complete copy of OS X. The Ryonghung iPad comes with an unknown operating system and is powered by a quad-core 1.2GHz CPU. The tablet also features 1GB of RAM and an 8GB Hard Disk. It offers a physical keyboard, an HDMI port and has over 40 pre-installed apps including one that can diagnose 1,200 ailments. Other programs can be added by inserting separate SD cards.

This would appear to be a layup for Apple's legal team if it decides to proceed with a lawsuit. So far, there has been no word out of Cupertino. The Apple iPad name is important to Apple, which goes without saying. You might recall that back in 2012, Apple paid a Chinese company called Proview $60 million for the rights to use the iPad name in China. A slip up by Apple left the iPad name in Proview's hands in the country, and the company originally sought $2 billion from Apple to buy the rights from them.

source: NKNews (sub. req'd) via Gizmodo



1. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Do Apple have any legal rights to anything in north Korea? Does any non north Korean company? I think not, so please iphonearena, why not just stop the QQ....

15. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

"This would appear to be a layup for Apple's legal team if it decides to proceed with a lawsuit." YEAH..... It would play out like this. Shows up in Pyongyang, "We're the lawyers representing US based Apple, here to file a lawsuit against...Aaaaaaahhhhh DOGS!!! GET THE DOGS OFF!!! Blarg I'm ded....." If you want to buy the screen play it'll be on sale for $5 tomorrow.

2. zeppo

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

Rip off trademark from Proview in China not Apple.

3. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1382; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

I don't think Apple or any other US company can sue any NK company for trademark infringement. I like to see Apple try because we all know NK's response... ( and pardon the innuendo )" we have a beautiful gift wrap missile that will fall and explode in the middle of that spaceship complex. so try us...." Lol

5. ahmuzencab

Posts: 192; Member since: May 12, 2017

Their middles can't even launch 3 feet past their launch site. NK is a joke

14. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

NK, they are a problem when you start to consider they are backed of by China. NK would not stand all this time if they where not enough powerful (i. e. backed by a more powerful country). Just take the reference with Irak and others. But this is good, we would have if not a word ruled only by one country (the US) and we all know what would happen.

24. ahmuzencab

Posts: 192; Member since: May 12, 2017

Not sure if you have been keeping up, but China is becoming very impatient / angry with NK, with several threats.

25. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

Didn't. But be careful if this is just bluff from China especially if you got this from the mainstream media. They already did this many times to appear 'as if'.

28. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

Oh lord. Another Breitbart reader!

7. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

4. ahmuzencab

Posts: 192; Member since: May 12, 2017

Lmao xD

6. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Im much more interested in that can-diagnose-1200-ailments app.


Posts: 655; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

Suppose Apple slips The President a couple shares of stock as a sort of promissory "gift"... Trump then places sanctions against North Korea with grin and a nod to Apple. Kim Jong Un promptly has the Ryonghung iPad team executed in a fit of displeasure. Sanctions are lifted shortly after a call from the Ambassador of North Korea to Trump confirming the issue has been dealt with. Problem solved.

12. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1354; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

Surely you jest.

13. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

You don't say! :)

9. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Looks like a kid's toy. What a bunch of lazy asses. Can't they come up with their own s**t?

10. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1354; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

North Korea is not ripping off Apple's trademarks because Apple is explicitly forbidden from doing any business in that country. Also, North Korea doesn't recognize foreign trademarks or patents so there's that too.

11. Charlie2k

Posts: 174; Member since: Jan 11, 2016

I think Alan has some trouble with history. Mainly since Apple didn't invent the tablet category. Or didn't my Compaq TC1000 from 2003 exist?

17. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1186; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Apple had a tablet in the 90s, but I still don't think they invented the tablet category.

30. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

even moses use tablet..

16. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

"This would appear to be a layup for Apple's legal team if it decides to proceed with a lawsuit. So far, there has been no word out of Cupertino." Surely you jest? Apple may be the richest company on the planet and influential in many respects but they're definitely not going to try and take on North Korea. That would be like taking a knife to a gunfight. A country that has kidnapped non-citizens and taken them across the border, allegedly had senior military officers executed with anti-aircraft guns, murdered the leaders brother in Malaysia and lord knows what else. It may be a layup for Apple's lawyers but these guys score all their points with slam dunks!

18. Tizo101

Posts: 644; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

mxm, they didn't steal anything... iPad is just a brand that makes no difference. The way I see it this is just another attempt by this website to advertise Apple as usual - Let me me leave for another few months.

19. izim1

Posts: 1614; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

"Considering that Apple introduced the tablet category back in 2010..." Really? Seriously?... And here I thought your "tmobile limits their HD video to 720p quality even though their website clearly states that HD video is streamed at native resolution" statements were as asinine as you could get, but, lo and behold, i'll be damned if you didn't just manage to top that. Phonearena seriously needs to put the "author's"(i use that term loosely) name on the mobile layout, so i know what "articles"(again, i use that term loosely) to just skip from now on.

20. android1234

Posts: 203; Member since: Feb 09, 2010

Is this product only sold in North Korea or China as well? If its only contained in North Korea, I dont think Apple can or would do anything. Since North Korea is self contained, and Apple doesn't sell their products there anyway it shouldn't be much of an issue. And I dont think Apples legal team can do anything there anyway lol, its a dead end.

21. razmahtaz001

Posts: 501; Member since: May 11, 2013

what about those companies that call their smartphones NOTE? i havent seen anyone make a big deal about that LOL...only if its associated with apple, then its a big deal i guess LOL

22. DellB

Posts: 57; Member since: Jun 07, 2015

(from Wikipedia) Early tablets[edit] Apple Newton MessagePad, Apple's first produced tablet, released in 1993. Following earlier tablet computer products such as the Pencept PenPad,[25][26] and the CIC Handwriter,[27] in September 1989, GRiD Systems released the first commercially successful tablet computer, the GRiDPad.[28][29] The GRiDPad was manufactured by South Korean company Samsung Corporation, modified from the Samsung PenMaster, a prototype that was not commercially distributed.[30][31] All three products were based on extended versions of the MS-DOS operating system. In 1992, IBM announced (in April) and shipped to developers (in October) the 2521 ThinkPad, which ran the GO Corporation's PenPoint OS. Also based on PenPoint was AT&T's EO Personal Communicator from 1993, which ran on AT&T's own hardware, including their own AT&T Hobbit CPU

23. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Maybr Apple will sue them. But Apple hasnt even sued companys like GooPhone who make phones that look just like the iPhone even skinning Android to look like iOS. So u less Apple is scared of this device, i dont see them wasting court money, but then you never know.

26. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1600; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

North Korea would throw anyone that tried to sue for copy write infringement into a work camp.

27. obedchuni

Posts: 339; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

I don't think apple or any company in the world can have legal battel at North Korea, i think cupertino should let this one go..

29. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

"8GB Hard Disk" wait.. what?

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