Chinese court to delay 'iPad' trademark ruling until mediation completes

in General Discussion edited January 2014
A Chinese court will postpone a ruling for an Apple appeal of a previous decision that denied the company of the iPad name, saying that the iPhone maker must first finish court-sponsored talks with Proview Technology.

According to spokesman from the Higher People?s Court of Guangdong's foreign affairs office, the body will sit on a ruling for Apple's Feb. 29 appeal as long as the two parties continue talks over the iPad moniker, reports Bloomberg

Under normal operating conditions the Chinese court would issue a ruling on an appeal within three months, but that time frame has been thrown out the window because Apple and Proview have yet to wrap up cases in other jurisdictions.

The iPad trademark case is currently being disputed in multiple courts as the near-bankrupt Proview tries to milk its last remaining major asset.

?The mediation will continue,? said Proview lawyer Roger Xie. ?There is no specific deadline.?

Proview asserts that Apple infringed upon the company's "IPAD" trademark when the iPad was released in 2010. Apple has countered by noting that it legally bought the "global rights" to the name in 2006 with a purchase made through a U.K.-based proxy company called IP Application Development (IPAD) for $55,000. Once Proview figured out that Apple was behind the deal, it seemingly used technicalities to skirt the previous arrangement and file suit against the iPhone maker.

Proview IPAD
Proview's defunct IPAD (Internet Personal Access Device). | Source: The Wall Street Journal

At one point, the Shenzhen company claimed that Apple's purchase was illegitimate because the deal was made with a Taiwan affiliate not authorized to sell the name. Proview also claimed that the Chinese rights to the iPad trademark were not included in the sale. Apple fired back and threatened to file a defamation countersuit citing a breach of "principles of good faith and dealing."

Most recently, Proview attempted to bring the case to U.S. shores with a complaint filed in California but that suit was thrown out. Apple offered to settle in May with a $16 million payout but the terms were rejected as the number doesn't come close to the $400 million sought by the Chinese company.

Apple's latest third-generation iPad was recently approved for sale in China and the tablet is likely to hit shelves in that country sometime soon.

Representatives for both parties had no comment regarding the ongoing litigation and it remains unclear when the grievance will be put to rest.


  • Reply 1 of 6
    charlitunacharlituna Posts: 7,217member
    Was that payout report from Proview and never confirmed as true.

    Also, the moment anyone heard about IPAD, UK, they were certain it was Apple. if anyone at Proview had done their homework they would have known this and could have priced according. They didn't and got screwed. that's not Apple's fault and it certainly doesn't deserve $16 Million, much less $400 Million
  • Reply 2 of 6
    gtrgtr Posts: 3,231member



    They rip off the iMac, call it the IPAD, then go for double dips by trying to rip Apple off again by getting them to pay for the name twice.


    I'd be seriously embarrassed to be associated with this company in any way.

  • Reply 3 of 6
    tallest skiltallest skil Posts: 43,388member
    [QUOTE]…nobody can resist the charming [B]iMac[/B]. The effect on [B]iMac[/B] is overwhelming in the human history.[/QUOTE]

    Fixed that for them, particularly since it was the case back then.
  • Reply 4 of 6
    wshuff4wshuff4 Posts: 47member
    Proview: "All your iPad are belong to us!"
  • Reply 5 of 6
    gtrgtr Posts: 3,231member


    Originally Posted by wshuff4 View Post

    Proview: "All your iPad are belong to us!"


    Somebody needs to set up them the bomb so they have no chance to survive and make their time.



  • Reply 6 of 6
    jragostajragosta Posts: 10,473member
    <vc><strong>A Chinese court will postpone a ruling for an Apple appeal of a previous decision that denied the company of the iPad name, saying that the iPhone maker must first finish court-sponsored talks with Proview Technology.</strong>

    There seems to have been a translation error. What the court really said was "we're waiting to see which side offers us a bigger bribe. We're also trying to find a middle ground that will make both sides happy so we can keep both bribes".
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