Apple pushing for settlement in iPad trademark dispute, says Proview lawyer

“Two weeks after a Chinese court proposed a settlement between Apple and Proview over a disputed trademark, a Chinese government newswire report suggests Apple is pushing for its own settlement in a bid to close the complaint,” Zack Whittaker reports for CNET.”Proview lawyer Xie Xianghui told China’s government newswire: ‘We feel that the attitude of Apple Inc. has changed. Although they expressed that they were willing to negotiate, they have never taken any action before. But now, they are having conversations with us, and we have begun to consult on the case.'”

“If Apple decides to settle it would force the company to change the name of the iPad in China. It would be a clean resolution, but the company would also take a hit for admitting its fault in the dispute,” Whittaker reports. “The wire report claims Apple had offered a settlement figure to end the litigation, though Proview did not disclose the amount and is not yet agreeing on a deal… As ZDNet’s Hana Stewart-Smith explained, China’s protectionism towards trademarks, patents and other intellectual property ‘is deliberately designed to favor Chinese based companies,’ leaving Apple potentially fighting a no-win battle. ‘This has resulted in Chinese versions of Western brands being protected by patent law, such as Weibo in place of Twitter, and Baidu in place of Google,” she said.'”

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MacDailyNews Take: Any resolution to this protracted extortion attempt should at least stipulate that Apple gets to use the iPad trademark in China (that they already own).

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  1. It’s hard to tell the truth of what Proview (or Apple) is saying publically. I always suspected that this was just a Proview desperation tactic to get a payoff from Apple. This is just the type of blackmail that goes on in business and politics…make Apple “pay off” to be allowed to sell their iPads in China.

    Many businesses just cave in and pay off and sigh. I was hoping, despite Apple’s desire (or need) to start selling iPads in China, that Apple would hold firm. Mainly because if you pay off Proview…that would set a precedent for sucessful efforts at obstructing Apple for money or advantage. If you let one blackmailer get away with it, it will encourage all the wolves to gather and try the same. (sigh).

  2. How much is beleaguered pro view, which proview owns the trademark, then buy proview and close it after registering ownership with the sale. Should be cheaper than the so called big gap in asking price of the patent?

  3. We are dealing with warranty issues with 8 Chinese LED lighting factories, there seems to be no way to make them provide product replacements, that’s the way things work. They are basically thieves. My Chinese wife says the contracts don’t matter much, where would you take them, to the court where the company owner’s uncle works?

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