“With the next big step in the ongoing Apple vs. Proview battle on its way, it is as good a time as any to break down the situation so far, and look at what we can expect to see in the next few weeks,” Hana Stewart-Smith reports for ZDNet.
“Tomorrow, on February 22nd, a court in Shanghai will be hearing a request to ban iPad sales in the city, China’s largest city by population,” Stewart-Smith reports. “Today, Apple’s lawyers have threatened to sue Proview over damages from defamation, potentially adding another lawsuit to an already complicated legal fray.”
Stewart-Smith reports, “Do not expect a customs ban. Although an imports and exports ban would be powerfully damaging to Apple, considering that Foxconn in China produces the iPad, there is the issue of costs. Raising the bond to seize shipments is an expensive process, and the iPad 2 is a popular product. This outcome is unlikely to say the least. [Or] Apple might settle… [and] there is still a chance Apple could win its appeal.”