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Proview keeps the pressure up, sues Apple in the US

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Proview keeps the pressure up, sues Apple in the US
With a back and forth battle going on in China, Proview has decided to file suit against Apple in the US over the latter's use of the iPad name.  As a quick recap, Proview trademarked the iPad name in 2000, but their Taiwanese affiliate sold the rights to Apple in 2010.  Proview is claiming that this deal was good only in Taiwan, and so far Chinese courts have largely sided with Proview on the matter, though not entirely.  Struggling to stay afloat and feeling they are in the right, Proview has now filed suit in the Superior Court in California.  The move is curious, as we're not sure if a Chinese trademark holds any ground in the US, but nevertheless Proview is likely looking for a large settlement as they continue to pressure Apple.

Source: eWeek

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posted on 25 Feb 2012, 12:50 7

1. Stuticus (Posts: 26; Member since: 05 Feb 2012)

QUICK, Someone patent the name iTab

posted on 25 Feb 2012, 13:00 2

2. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

I doubt that Proview really knows what it is doing if it thinks it is going to benefit from filing suit in CA Superior court. Maybe claim the original purchase by Apple was fraudulent? If so, that is a big lift for Proview. Enforce a judgement from a China court? They seem to be having better luck in China. Shut down Apple's market in China would seem to be a more immediately productive avenue for Proview.

posted on 25 Feb 2012, 13:00

3. ghost__uwi (Posts: 175; Member since: 28 Nov 2011)

anything for some cash

posted on 25 Feb 2012, 13:47 1

4. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

I haven't seen their lawsuit, but based on the articles (which don't provide much info), all I see is Proview spending money that they don't have a bunch of. Apple has more than enough cash to play with Proview and string them along all the while running up their legal bills.

A sales ban causes immediate pain to Apple and IMO, is the only way to get them to take Proview seriously.

posted on 25 Feb 2012, 14:48 1

5. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)

Proview suing Apple in the U.S?! In the U.S?
You're done Proview...

posted on 25 Feb 2012, 15:12 1

6. Johnny_Mnemonic (Posts: 240; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)

Go proview you can do it

posted on 25 Feb 2012, 15:26 1

7. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

if proview even wins partially in the US, they will have apple backed into a corner. Can you imagine the headlines if a chinese company wins against apple in america? Even if the ban is for 1 day? lol. Peeps would go ape-poop. :)

posted on 25 Feb 2012, 17:20

8. TKFox007 (Posts: 303; Member since: 02 Nov 2010)

Well if an American patent can hold water in Germany than a Taiwanese copyright should be able to hold water in America

posted on 25 Feb 2012, 21:09 1

9. stealthd (unregistered)

Right, except an American patent DOESN'T hold water in Germany, and this has nothing to do with copyright.

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