Apple wins bid to bar Proview evidence in Hong Kong iPad trademark trial

“Apple Inc. won a bid in a Hong Kong court to exclude some evidence that was previously filed by Proview International Holdings Ltd. (334), its opponent in a lawsuit over the iPad trademark in China,” Victoria Slind-Flor reports for Bloomberg.

“Two expert reports filed by Proview in October 2011 failed to comply with Hong Kong court instructions, making the evidence inadmissible in an upcoming trial between the company and Apple, according to a ruling today by Judge Justin Ko,” Slind-Flor reports. “Proview hasn’t decided whether to appeal the ruling, Chairman Sun Min said by phone yesterday. Carolyn Wu, a spokeswoman at Apple in Beijing, didn’t immediately reply to messages sent by phone and e-mail seeking comment.”

Slind-Flor reports, “Apple previously said the company acquired the rights to the iPad trademark in China, its biggest market outside the U.S. Revenue in China tripled to $7.9 billion last quarter, helped by surging demand for products such as the iPad tablet computer and the iPhone smartphone. Proview, a failed display maker whose shares have been suspended from trading in Hong Kong since 2010, has filed separate lawsuits in Chinese courts, and complaints to the Administration for Industry and Commerce, alleging Apple’s sales of iPad tablets in China infringed intellectual-property law.”

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz,” “Judge Bork,” and “Dan K.” for the heads up.]

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