“A Chinese firm involved in a trademark row with Apple over the iPad name is preparing for talks with the U.S. technology giant, the Chinese firm’s lawyer said Tuesday, raising hopes for a settlement,” AFP reports.
“Electronics firm Proview Technology (Shenzhen) says it owns the Chinese rights to the “iPad” trademark and has sought to block sales of Apple’s iconic tablet computer in China as well as imports and exports of the device,” AFP reports. “Apple last year took the firm to a Chinese court, claiming trademark infringement, but the court ruled the U.S. company lacked “supporting facts and evidence” for its claim.”
AFP reports, “Apple is now appealing the case but debt-laden Proview, which makes computer monitors, has since itself filed trademark lawsuits against Apple in China and is threatening to sue the technology giant in the United States for US$2 billion. ‘We are now preparing for negotiations,’ Proview’s lawyer, Xie Xianghui, told AFP. ‘The court cases will continue until we reach an agreement.’ …Proview Technology (Shenzhen) chief executive Yang Rongshan last week denied he was trying to get compensation from Apple to bail out his cash-strapped company.”
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