Proview claims another legal victory, Apple threatens defamation lawsuit

Proview claims another legal victory, Apple threatens defamation lawsuit
It looks like Proview and Apple are now engaged in a billion dollar game of chicken. Proview claimed yesterday to have won another victory against Apple, this time in Intermediate People’s Court in Huizhou, in Guangdong Province. The ruling according to Proview, states that Chinese retailers should stop selling iPads within China.

Proview has reportedly filed more than 40 lawsuits in different provincial courts, so we may see victories (or defeats) reported on a regular basis, although most of these court ruling will ultimately be governed either by an out of court settlement, or when a higher Chinese court makes a final ruling.

Apple isn’t content to sit around and wait for that ruling, however, and has sent a cease and desist letter to Proview officials, claiming that Proview is releasing information to the press about their copyright deal that it knows to be false; Apple indicates that these claims injure their reputation, and are threatening to sue Proview for defamation if they continue to make such claims to the media.

With Proview looking to file suit in the U.S. against Apple, and Apple now threatening to open up another line of attack in the Chinese courts, it’s not clear who will blink first. Apple certainly has some of the best lawyers that money can buy, but in China at least Proview is playing on its home court.

We feel certain that this will eventually be resolved out of court, for now the companies are jostling for leverage to see who gets to dictate the terms of such an agreement. One small bit of relief for the rest of the world – both sides seem to agree that it’s unlikely that Chinese officials would agree to Proview's request to block exports of the iPad out of China, so this set of lawsuits is unlikely to have a significant impact on customers in the rest of the world.

source: PCWorld via Tech Crunch; 9to5Mac

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41 Comments

1. galaxyisking

Posts: 63; Member since: Nov 18, 2011

When will it end.

4. jove39

Posts: 2146; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Never

2. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

"Apple indicates that these claims injure their reputation, and are threatening to sue Proview" because the endless lawsuits flowing from apple's legal department arent injuring their reputation at all.... so childish. i hope proview declines all out of court settlements and has the ipad banned from being imported AND exported from China.

13. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

sounds like a good plan lol

14. maier9900

Posts: 272; Member since: Dec 17, 2011

That will never happen... We are all fans of some technology in this world and write our opinions based on no experience whatsoever about a competition's certain product. (Well not all of us) But you must probably be the most hater of all haters for saying that. Apple will get their respective punishment as this lawsuit comes to an end (if). Just as HTC, Samsung and others paid their fair to Apple, Apple will now pay Proview and whoever else wants to make another lawsuit that the court rules in their favor. What if your favorite phone & and tablet manufacturer gets banned from entering US... Would you like that, i dont think so. But you know we can say whatever we want so... yeah!

16. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

my goodness maier! you must be a professional psycho-analyst. you are the most ingenious person in the world!!! you are the only person who has ever understood me! i am "the most hater of all haters". get real. i post my opinion. you post yours. stop taking personal shots and i will too. my opinion- i dislike apple's tablets. i want a tablet that is a minature computer not an oversized ipod. ignore me if you must. i know i ignore you more often than not.

19. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

well said bro. totally agree with you

20. maier9900

Posts: 272; Member since: Dec 17, 2011

You need to chill Psycho!!! I gave my opinion based on your comment... And you're calling the iPad an oversized iPod?! Woow you then my friend must be smarter than Steve Jobs... You can have your OVERSIZED ANDROID phone then. And yes you ARE the MOST hater of ALL HATERS. Get it through your head...

23. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

hey maier, what does it feel like to thumb up your own posts? i always wanted to try it. you make it look like so much fun. it is sad that the only thumbs up you get are your own.

25. maier9900

Posts: 272; Member since: Dec 17, 2011

you got problems Squash ! The only thumbs up you GET are from haters just like you! Go be with your community of haters and stop acting like a smart *ss...

37. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

iPhone - an iPod with cellular radio iPad 3G - an oversized iPhone, which itself is an oversized iPod iPad WiFi - an oversized iPhone without the cellular radio, which makes it an oversized iPod

17. quesoesgrande

Posts: 217; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

Um, the only company that truly infringed on any apple patent was samsung. Apple just gve thier lawyers a stack of cash bigger than u can imagine and an EVEN BIGGER budget. Then, they said, go be anti competitive and find EVERY posible thing that could be in any ridiculous way b used against someone cutting into our profits (ie, samsung, htc, moto, lg, nokia) Then they said to find ideas in other OSes (ie, andriod notification bar, anyone?) that they could steal

3. ivanko34

Posts: 617; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

apple should try to sue Proview in germany

29. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

Sue for what exactly? For not allowing them to use the ipad name which is trademarked/patented by proview? Sounds smart aren't they?

5. tward291

Posts: 559; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

i believe that even if apple sued and won i germany it wouldnt mean anything if china doesnt except it. dont forget china does not have to operate under ares or Eu laws unless it fits them to do so

6. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

i think ivanko's point was that apple would win if the lawsuit was in german court.

8. tward291

Posts: 559; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

lol true

7. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Trying to find justice in China is a losing battle. It's the land of piracy, and it's government is even more corrupt than others. In China, you could literally steal iPads, slap a sticker with your company name on it over the Apple logo, and sell them as your product, and if you grease the right palms in the government, you'll get away with it. Apple won't lose a lawsuit in America, but they may lose the entire Chinese market for iPads - and that's a damned big market.

9. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

arrr! lol. i

10. tward291

Posts: 559; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

apple will have to make a lot of promises to the chinese goverment which means $$$. Also with them keeping there manufactoring base there for long term

18. quesoesgrande

Posts: 217; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

so true!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Lol!!!!!!!!!!!

11. baaam

Posts: 61; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

I bet lawyers at Apple are all smiling! more lawsuits more money!! Yay!!

12. theBankRobber

Posts: 682; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

Apple has been playing hard ball and now its about their reputation being hurt, so are the others they are taking to court. If you steal and found guilty , you pay.

24. quesoesgrande

Posts: 217; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

Yes, but apple has more than enough bribe money to win in the EU, US, and China Every man has a price unfortunatley

27. tward291

Posts: 559; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

yes but were not talking about a couple million there going to need to spend alot more than that becasue the ppl they bribe could make more money taking an apple ipad and slapping a proview sticker on it lol.

15. thnkthru3

Posts: 73; Member since: Dec 25, 2011

It seems if you go up against Apple you pay..whether you stole or not.

21. quesoesgrande

Posts: 217; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

After all of these law suits, its funny that the WHOLE new ios notification system is ripped off of android while apple makes them pay for everything apple stole. And,apple keeps saying that their late, underpowered, below android and maybe even windows phone, phones change everything! Only 1 iphone changed anything, the original. The rest copied off the first iphone or better nonapple smartphones

31. stealthd unregistered

You clearly don't know what you're talking about, because the WHOLE iOS notification system has features Android DOESN'T.

32. tward291

Posts: 559; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

google unlock has different features that ios doesnt have so im not understanding you logic

34. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

don't expect any logical reply...most not apple fans are hypocrites,they don't mind apple doing something but the moment another company does the same thing back they think its wrong lol no surprise there as a certain ex CEO of apple was a hypocrite

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