Proview may sue Apple for $2 billion over iPad trademark infringement

Proview may sue Apple for $2 billion over iPad trademark infringement
Chinese computer firm Proview Technology is stepping up its saber-rattling against Apple, threatening to expand its legal theater of war to the United States, where Proview says it will ask for $2 billion dollars in damages for infringement of the iPad trademark. This would presumably be on top of the $1.5 billion Proview is asking for in its Chinese lawsuit.

There is no doubt that Proview trademarked the name first – the name IPAD was trademarked for a computer back in 2000 by the company. The dispute is over whether Apple correctly acquired the trademark; Apple purchased the world-wide rights from a Taiwanese affiliate of Proview, but Proview states that the affiliate had signed a “non-compete” clause with them, and had no right to sell the trademarks.

Though a Hong Kong court sided with Apple last year, when Apple tried to sue Proview for trademark infringement in mainland China the case was quickly thrown out. With a court ruling in their favor, Proview is now striking back at Apple, though an out of court settlement seems more likely in this case than a full on litigation battle.

That Proview is threatening to sue in the U.S. indicates one of two things: Either they have become more confident in their ability to win in courts outside of China, or they are trying to put more pressure on Apple to hurry up a potential settlement.

source: AFP via BGR

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15 Comments

1. baaam

Posts: 61; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

This only means that Apple needs to settle with cash!! One way or another!!

9. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2361; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Yeaaaa... hows that feel apple??? Having someone suing u over dumb chit lol

10. annymu5

Posts: 15; Member since: Feb 01, 2012

Is someone here an Apple rep? Who are you talking to?

2. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

poetic justice...

3. windowsRocks

Posts: 155; Member since: Oct 28, 2011

Apple can sue but cant get sued. Apple RULES.......

5. SleepingOz unregistered

Haha, I like your sarcasm.

4. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

sad fact though.. cook could piss on 2 billion and not blink. i wonder if he is swimming in the money pit like scrooge mcduck the way Jobs used to. In other news, go proview!

11. annymu5

Posts: 15; Member since: Feb 01, 2012

Good one. I always wanted one of those pits when I was a kid.

6. troybuilt

Posts: 155; Member since: Dec 16, 2011

This proves that Apple steals technology and names of devices for their own benefit, but thinks every company is doing this to them. Apple is nothing but a company of hypocrites!

7. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

iPhone, iPad, and iCloud were all owned by other companies before apple slapped the names on their products. They didn't even have permission to use Cisco's iPhone and iCloud's iCloud until after they were already on the market

8. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Many Apple supporters encourage Apple's litigation strategy often citing the phrase, "Don't hate the player, hate the game." And then throw in something about Apple as a company has a responsibility to make money for the shareholders. Well... if Proview has a valid claim through a technicality is that not the same then? "Don't hate the player, hate the game," because after all, does Proview not have the same responsibility to make money??? I think in another forum somewhere, I actually saw someone claim that Proview did this from the start with the intention of turning around on Apple. If that's the case then we should all be following Proviews predictions since this occurred in 2006, before even the iPad or even iPhone existed on the market. Some people...

12. ENIGMA

Posts: 81; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

This is really good news wherr are all the apple fans gone c hack gallitoking the miz taco550

14. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

They are no doubt busy somewhere making gratuitous love to their iphones with siri giving responses,siri enhances the whole experience as it is revolutionary!

13. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Two words for this: F*ck yeah!!!!

15. x7black7x

Posts: 118; Member since: Feb 19, 2012

apple guillotined proview rocks

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