8 December 2011

Apple’s iPad Trade Mark Bumped In China

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.

Comments (6)

  1. 11 December 2011

    […] се оказва, че (за сега) марката iPad за Китай не принадлежи на ябълковия концерн, а на китайското подразделение на тайванската фирма […]

  2. 11 December 2011

    […] се оказва, че (за сега) марката iPad за Китай не принадлежи на ябълковия концерн, а на китайското подразделение на тайванската фирма […]

  3. 13 December 2011
    Sidney Harper said...

    The trade mark dispute between Apple and the Chinese version of the Taiwanese Company Proview Electronics make some interesting reading.I think that apple is going to have a hard time winning this one as the Chinese courts are bias in favor of Chinese companies.

    The only way that they can establish an even playing table is to let the Chinese Government know that they run the risk of loosing Apple product being manufactured in China. Most people doing business in china know that their justice system is politically motivated.
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  4. 16 December 2011
    Liane Markus said...

    The trade mark of ipad is not just popular in China but in different parts of the world. I am sure China is overwhelmed with the great benefits and applications of ipad and I am sure they are all enjoying the profits that they are getting from it.
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