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Shanghai court rejects Proview injunction, okays the sale of Apple iPads

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

The legal tussle between Apple and Proview over the iPad has swung in Cupertino’s direction. According to Ximin News, a Shanghai court has rebuffed Proview’s demand for an injunction halting the sale of the Apple tablet due to licensing issues. The Pudong New Area People’s Court made the decision yesterday, stating that there wasn’t enough evidence to support Proview’s claim of a trademark violation. There wasn’t enough to substantiate Proview’s claims that it still held rights to the trademark in China. Its Taiwan branch registered the trademark in several countries, with the Shenzhen branch registering it in China. Apple then bought worldwide rights from Proview Taiwan, which would have included China. Proview Shenzhen is now saying that they never authorized its Taiwan counterpart to do so, but Apple is says that it has Proview Shenzhen’s signatures on the paperwork. It looks like it’s going to get easier to grab that iPad in China. An iPhone 4S, on the other hand…

Shanghai court rejects Proview injunction, okays the sale of Apple iPads originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 23 Feb 2012 07:03:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Apple defends rights to iPad name in Shanghai court

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Apple on Wednesday defended itself in a Shanghai court against Proview International, which claims Apple is violating a trademark it holds on the “iPad” name, the New York Times reported. Proview’s allegations have prevented the Cupertino-based company from selling its popular tablet in numerous smaller Chinese cities, however Apple Stores in Beijing and Shanghai continue to sell the device. The four-hour session at the Pudong New Area People’s Court ended without any ruling from the district judge, though both sides reportedly presented new evidence in the case. Apple claims it acquired the iPad trademark from Proview in 2009. “We bought Proview’s worldwide rights to the iPad trademark in 10 different countries several years ago,” the company said in a statement. “Proview refuses to honor their agreement with Apple in China and a Hong Kong court has sided with Apple in this matter. Our case is still pending in mainland China.” Proview claims that Apple is using the iPad name illegally, however, as the subsidiary that licensed the trademark to Apple was not authorized to do so.

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Chinese court orders ban on Apple’s iPad

Monday, February 20th, 2012

A lawyer representing Proview International on Monday announced that the Intermediate People’s Court in Huizhou, a city in southern China, ruled on Friday that distributors should stop selling iPads in China, Associated Press reports. Proview has claimed ownership of the “iPad” name in China and it says Apple is violating its trademark. “We bought Proview’s worldwide rights to the iPad trademark in 10 different countries several years ago. Proview refuses to honor their agreement with Apple in China and a Hong Kong court has sided with Apple in this matter,” Apple spokeswoman Carolyn Wu said earlier in response to the lawsuits. Proview is looking to prevent Apple from importing or exporting the popular tablet in China and may sue the Cupertino-based company for as much as $2 billion in the United States. At least 45 iPads had been pulled from store shelves in various Chinese cities last week, however Apple’s tablets were still being sold at numerous retail locations across the country.

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