Chinese court seeks to mediate iPad trademark dispute; settlement ‘likely’ says Proview lawyer

“A Chinese court is mediating between Apple Inc. and the Chinese company challenging its right to use the iPad trademark, seeking to get the companies to settle an awkward standoff over the issue,” Elaine Kurtenbach reports for The Associated Press.

“The Guangdong High Court in southern China, is seeking to arrange a settlement, said Ma Dongxiao, a lawyer for Proview Electronics Co. The court on Feb. 29 began hearing Apple’s appeal of lower court ruling that favored Proview in the trademark dispute,” Kurtenbach reports. “‘It is likely that we will settle out of court. The Guangdong High Court is helping to arrange it and the court also expects to do so,’ Ma said Monday.”

Kurtenbach reports, “Proview, a financially troubled maker of computer displays and LED lights, says it registered the iPad trademark more than a decade ago. Apple says Proview sold it worldwide rights to the iPad trademark in 2009, though the registration was never transferred for China. ‘Actually Proview always expected to settle out of court from the beginning,'” Ma said. ‘I don’t know if Apple has changed its attitude, but I believe that the key point now is the price.'”

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13 Comments

  1. Seriously, and I keep on harping the same point: move on from the ‘i’ titles. It’s gimmicky, hipster friendly and from a bygone era. Just put Apple (either the word or the great symbol) in front of your new devices and that only strengthens your original brand. No one else can have Apple()Pad for example. Can we please move away from all these silly distractions and continue with the innovation game?

  2. Again, of course the court wants them to settle through mediation, that way the Chinese government won’t have to actually make a decision and set a precedent.

    They need to grow a pair, and make a ruling.

  3. This is such BS:

    Proview, blahblahblah, says it registered the iPad trademark more than a decade ago. Apple says Proview sold it worldwide rights to the iPad trademark in 2009, though the registration was never transferred for China.

    Yes it was and that fact is BLATANT in the sales contract SIGNED by ProView in 2009 and proven to be VALID in China’s own Hong Kong court in June, 2011. Proview lost. It’s over.

    The court on Feb. 29 began hearing Apple’s appeal of lower court ruling that favored Proview in the trademark dispute

    That ‘lower court ruling’ is INVALID and should be thrown out of court. The Hong Kong ruling takes precedent because the Hong Kong court is SPECIFICALLY listed in the sales contract as the jurisdiction for all disputes. It’s over.

    Ma said. ‘I don’t know if Apple has changed its attitude, but I believe that the key point now is the price.’

    That is total FICTION from a desperate parasite. Apple need do NOTHING. It’s over.

    EVERYTHING you are hearing now is either lies from Proview or China proving that they are a Criminal Nation that has no comprehension of an actual, honest justice system. Whether China’s court system likes it or not, the Hong Kong court ruling is valid in ALL of China and the case is closed.

  4. Stop the presses! This just in from Reuters:
    http://reut.rs/JnhJHp

    “According to the … provisions of the China Trademark Law, currently Shenzhen Proview is the legal registrant of the iPad trademark,” Fu Shuangjian, a deputy director of SAIC, was quoted as saying at a news conference in Beijing.

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