iPad stepping on trademark minefield in China?

By chdchan ·
Apple has lost its rights to sell iPad in China, after being sued by lending banks to bankrupted Proview Int'l that has been ruled by court owning iPAD trademark in China since 2001, but Apple supposed itself has already acquired all rights from Proview. The court said Apple negligently failed to figure out and deal with the true trademark holder (actually subsidiary of Proview). Some sales of iPad in China are now banned and items confiscated. Facing a settle request, Apple has refused to pay US$40M. As the Chinese old saying goes: Big trees suffer severer wind ****.

So are you sympathized with Apple? Or believe in rule-of-law?

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Am I missing something here?

by dldorrance In reply to iPad stepping on trademar ...

China has been stealing intellectual property from the US for years.

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China does not believe in rule of law

by robo_dev In reply to iPad stepping on trademar ...

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.

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