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Chinese IPad Ban

February 16, 2012 by staff 

Chinese IPad Ban, The company Proview Technology (Shenzhen) Co Ltd is trying to get Chinese customs to stop any export on Apple’s iPad product which is predominantly manufactured in the country. The company’s complaint is that Apple is violating agreements about Proview Technology’s (Shenzhen) ownership of the iPad’s trademark.

Last year, Apple lost their case that took place in China that Proview were the owners of the iPad trademark. There is currently an appeal date set for Feb. 29, in China’s High Court. The final decision will be final in the country’s legal processes.

Proview has so far asked twenty different city authorities to help stop retailers from selling the iPad. They have also filed lawsuits against iPad companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen, and retailers in Futian and Huizhou.

An Apple spokesperson stated, “We bought Proview’s worldwide rights to the iPad trademark in ten different countries several years ago. Proview refuses to honour their agreement with Apple in China, and a Hong Kong court has sided with Apple in this matter.”

Proview Technology is seeking up to $1.6 billion from Apple for trademark infringement. Elliot Papageorgiou, who is a partner and executive at the Shanghai law firm Rous Legal, said, “There are two views we can take here. One view is Apple was not sufficiently prudent, and therefore, this was missed by Apple and its attorneys.”

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