8 December 2011

Apple’s iPad Trade Mark Bumped In China


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Image: Logo de l’iPad by Rob Janoff via Wikimedia Commons
Apple ipad

As FT.com reports, a recent Chinese court ruling prevents Apple from using “its” iPad trade mark in China.

The reason therefor

seems to lie in a dispute between Apple and the Taiwanese company Proview Electronics.
Funnily, Proview is no stranger to Apple.

Somewhere between 2000 and 2004 the Taiwanese company had registered the trade mark iPad in the EU, China, Mexico, South Korea, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam, but in 2006

decided  to assign

it to Apple by concluding a global agreement.

When Apple started to sell its iPad devices in mainland China, they did surprisingly encounter trade mark infringement proceedings brought by Proview Technology, the Chinese affiliate of Proview Electronics. The litigation value is said to amount to 1,6 billion USD, which is absolutely ridiculous if you bear in mind that the 2006 trade mark purchase counted some

shabby 55.000 USD

Some other reports derive Proview Technology’s combativeness from that fact that it has been insolvent for some time. The Chinese branch could thus have spotted an opportunity to cash in on Apple.

It is not Apple’s first dispute over the iPad trade mark.
The Cupertino company has so far been successful in regulating the cases arising from purported infringements and I have no doubts as to how they will end up with this particular situation.

18 November 2009

Microsoft found liable of infringing chinese patent


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I bet that President Obama did not like this message during his visit in the People’s Republic.
According to the news reporting, Obama has again been pressing China to enforce its law on intellectual property more vigorously. And so did the chinese judicature – this time against one of the world’s largest beneficiaries in terms of intellectual property protection.
Indeed, this merits to be referred to as

“Legal Infotainment”

According to the facts, a Beijing based company, Zhongyi Electronic Ltd, claimed that Microsoft had exceeded the scope of a previous agreement to use and sell fonts, patented by Zhongyi, in Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows Server 2003.

Microsoft Had Thus Infringed

Zhongyi’s exclusive rights under patent law, so Zhongyi’s claim.

Beijing’s Intermediate People’s Court No.1 followed claimant’s argument and

Ruled Against Microsoft

The court’s ruling now prevents Microsoft from importing and distributing above mentioned software products in China, but does not appear to affect Microsoft’s latest operating systems, including Windows 7, which went on sale last month.

Needless to say that Microsoft will go on appeal which – from my perspective – could make the story even funnier. I will keep an eye on that!

2 October 2009

Even communist prapaganda films pirated in China


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Yes, it may sound a bit strange and it definitely is – not even propaganda films are safe from being unlawfully reproduced in the reign of the dragon.

As Associated Press reports, police in China are hunting down illegal copies of two new propaganda films made in honor of the nation’s 60th anniversary. These are the historical epic “The Founding of a Republic” and the World War II-era drama “The Message” that are currently being sold as fakes.

Is this going to be the last straw to break the Chinese law enforcement camel’s back?

We will see.