“Apple and a Chinese company have started talks to try and resolve an ongoing legal dispute over the iPad trademark, according to a lawyer involved in the case,” Michael Kan reports for IDG News Service. “Ma Dongxiao, a lawyer representing the Chinese company Proview, said on Friday the talks were happening, but declined to offer details.”

“The legal dispute between Apple and Proview is still being deliberated by the Higher People’s Court of Guangdong Province,” Kan reports. “But earlier this week, the court recommended that both Apple and Proview find a way to mediate the dispute, according to a court spokesman.”

Kan reports, “Apple claims to have bought the iPad trademarks from Proview in 2009. But Proview contends that no such sale was made. Earlier this year, a Proview representative said the company wanted Apple to pay US$400 million for the iPad trademarks for China… Apple could not be immediately reached for comment. The company’s new iPad has not yet gone on sale in China. Analysts said this delay could be linked to the challenge from Proview, but Apple declined to comment.”

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