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iPad stepping on trademark minefield in China?

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If the US confiscated and blocked sales of all the Chinese goods that ripped off US technology, there goes half of eBay's sales, 90% of WalMart's inventory, and China's entire Air Force, aviation, and automotive industry.

The Apple ban is a simple extortion request from ProView, which is deep in debt.

This is a knee jerk response to foreign pressure for Beijing to stamp out rampant unlicensed copying of foreign movies, music and designer clothes.

Apple, based in Cupertino, California, defended its ownership of the iPad name.

"We bought Proview's worldwide rights to the iPad trademark in 10 different countries several years ago. Proview refuses to honor their agreement with Apple in China," said an Apple Inc. spokeswoman in Beijing, Carolyn Wu.