Apple wins major victory in China, ends iPad trademark fracas

“Apple settled for $60 million a lawsuit for the legal rights to use the iPad trademark in China, a provincial court said in a statement on Monday,” Emily Knapp reports for Wall St. Cheat Sheet. “‘It was done last week, and it was confirmed with a ruling by the higher court’ that was issued on Monday morning, said Xie Xianghui, a lawyer for Proview Technology (Shenzhen). It should take only a week or two for China’s national trademark authority to transfer the iPad trademark to Apple, said Xie.”

“Proview didn’t regard the settlement amount to be especially large, according to Xie, but the company is insolvent and close to liquidation, and the $60 million, a drop in the bucket for Apple, will be used to repay some of its creditors,” Knapp reports. “Greater China, including Hong Kong and Taiwan, is Apple’s second-biggest market after the United States.”

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        1. It’s okay as long as they keep milking iHeads… they can pay for all fines they get!

          Keep giving Apple all your money so they can waste it instead of saving it in your bank accounts..


          1. What kind of idiot saves money in a bank account. If you have money you don’t need to spend invest it, and make some interest off it.


        1. That’s my main concern. But wanting to squat Apple and having the ability to do so are two different things. Apple did not just roll over on this, they fought it in multiple courts for months, or longer.

  1. I wouldn’t call this a victory, but a relief. Sure it’s a drop in the bucket for them, but Apple should never have had to pay a cent. It would actually have been better for them to pay more if this could have ended sooner.

  2. So what is this? Apple created the market for an item named “iPad” which was a gigantic FAIL for Proview and always would have been and Apple gets to pay $30 million per letter and it’s not enough for Proview who did nothing to create value with the name? A big fat juicy go-to-hell F**K YOU!!!!!

  3. The perils of not doing all the due diligence. If one is working as a contract attorney for AAPL then one must assume the very worst of the other side in any negotiation.

    Apple tried to be sneaky by aquireing the rights to the iPad name under a shell company (which is legal).

    Proview tried to sneak around for a lot more money, AFTER they realized they had been scammed. Maybe they left the information out as a hedge.

    1. Proview was not scammed. They sold the trademark willingly. They accepted the price they deemed just for what they were selling. It makes perfect sense for a rich entity to hide its identify to avoid being extorted. I remember a Saudi prince once saying in a documentary that if it was known that he was interested in something, the price would go up 100 fold. He always has someone buying stuff for his business, to avoid the “prince tax”

    2. Apple wasn’t being sneaky. This is a common practice so as not to reveal what one is working on, as well as not being taken advantage of.

      Should the name automatically be worth more if Apple was buying it versus if my small company was buying it?

      And should they get even more money because I took the name and made it a brand? I don’t think so…

    3. The ‘scam’ is entirely on the part of Proview and the Chinese so-called ‘justice system.’

      Apple had signed, documented proof that they bought and owned the ‘iPad’ trademark in ‘China’, as clearly written on the contract.

      In June of 2011 Apple WON a lawsuit in Hong Kong, the designated court in the contract for hearing disputes, proving they did indeed own the ‘iPad’ trademark in ‘China’, as clearly written on the contract.

      Everything past June 2011 was nothing but scam from Proview and China: Criminal Nation.

      I’m actually ashamed of Apple for giving in to this parasitic con-job. If this is how China: Criminal Nation is going to treat Apple, then why the hell does Apple give a rat’s about China? The rest of the entire world would be happy to have Apple’s business AND would treat Apple better than the worst nation on the planet, China: Criminal Nation.

      Wake up China and throw off your sick, self-destructive culture and government. Join the real world of honest, decent humans.

      (Why do China’s people put up with this crap? Why does Apple put up with this crap?)

    1. Agree. It sets a bad precedent and will only encourage the bottom feeders. The only saving grace is that the money won’t remain with ProView, but go to pay its debts.

      1. It’s the same old story as kidnapping and terrorism:

        You pay off the criminals for succeeding with the crime. And oh look, everyone wants in on the action…

        BAD SHOW Apple. Expect rinse, repeat, rinse, repeat…

        1. And then this happened:

          Chinese Company Sues Apple Over Snow Leopard Trademark

          Now it appears that news of the $60 million settlement paid by Apple to Proview over the iPad name may have inspired some China entities to jump on the litigation bandwagon.

          Predictable much? Well DUH yeah! Apple is going to regret giving in to liar parasites Proview and the corrupt Chinese ‘justice’ system for quite some time to come.

          This is China: Criminal Nation. 😛

  4. 60 million is NOT small amount of money.
    Cash you buy things with is from net profits not gross revenue.

    Amazon worldwide (with all it’s divisions from appliances to software to books) makes only about 200 m a quarter.

    apple bought P.A Semi which builds the A series chips for iPhone, iPad for 278 m.
    The iPad name bought from proviews Taiwan branch originally only cost 55,000.

    Just because Apple makes a lot doesn’t mean it likes to burn through cash. Apple being able to afford 60 m does not mean the unscrupulous azzhats (with their friends in the local courts) didn’t screw Apple ,

    a few years ago before iPad, would Apple have paid 60 m for a name? don’t think so. Cook is much more cautious with Apple’s money.

    apple’s execs and lawyers made massive mistakes checking up on Chinese copyright law originally. They trusted Proviews slime boss (who owns both branches) too much. (Proviews boss had originally told apple taiwan’s contract covers everything and apple should pay Taiwan. Paying taiwan the 55,000 protected the money from reaching Proviews mainland China creditors).

    (I’m a big apple fan, use all apple gear and have investments in appl but I can’t avoid being irritated that apple had to pay 60 m for a name they own).

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