Court ruled against Apple.
A flat panel maker in China by the name of Proview was selling tablet computers back in 2000. While that endeavor wasn’t so successful, Proview did trademark the name ‘IPAD’ in, China, Singapore, Mexico, South Korea, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and the EU between 2000 and 2004. However, in 2006 Proview Electronics (Proview International’s Taiwanese unit) sold the global trademark for the name ‘IPAD’ to Apple for almost $55,000.
The controversy broke out when Proview Technology (the Hong Kong listed holding company of Proview International) disputed that the ‘IPAD’ trademark was not sold to Apple for the China market. While Apple did indeed apply for trademark of the iPad name in China, the claim was rejected because it was already held by Proview Technology. Apple then sued Proview Technology for trademark infringement, but the appeal was denied by the Shenzhen Intermediate People’s Court yesterday.
iPad goes on sale in China last year. Source: pelwaves.com
“Apple is such a Goliath and has a good image, so people wouldn’t imagine that Apple could possibly infringe on our intellectual property rights,” said Xiao Caiyuan, a lawyer for Proview at Guangdong Guanghe law firm. Proview Technology has already sued Apple to stop selling iPads in Shenzhen and Huizhou. “Their copy infringement is very clear,” a Proview representative told International Business Times. “The laws are still there, and they sell their products in defiance of laws. The more products they sell, the more they need to compensate.”
The ruling against Apple by the Shenzhen Intermediate People’s Court can be appealed by them. In the meanwhile the hearing for lawsuits that Proview Technology has filed against Apple for Shenzen and Huizhou are set to start on 30th December 2011 and 7th of January 2012 respectively.