Proview files lawsuit in California against Apple over iPad trademark

“A Chinese firm trying to stop Apple Inc from using the iPad name in China has launched an attack on the consumer electronics giant’s home turf, filing a lawsuit in California that accuses it of employing deception when it bought the trademark,” Edwin Chan and Lee Chyen Yee report for Reuters.
“A unit of Proview International Holdings Ltd, a major computer monitor maker that fell on hard times during the global financial crisis, is already suing Apple in multiple Chinese jurisdictions and requesting that sales of iPads be suspended across the country,” Chan and Yee report. “Last week, Proview Electronics Co Ltd and Proview Technology Co filed a lawsuit in Santa Clara County that brings their legal dispute to Silicon Valley.”

Chan and Yee report, “Apple on Friday reiterated its statement saying that it had bought Proview’s worldwide rights to the iPad trademark in 10 different countries several years ago. It also said that Proview had refused to honour their agreement and a Hong Kong court had sided with the U.S. technology giant in the matter. ‘Our case is still pending in mainland China,’ Apple said.”

“A Shanghai court this week threw out Proview’s request to halt iPad sales in the city. But the outcome of the broader dispute hinges on a higher court in Guangdong, which earlier ruled in Proview’s favor,” Chan and Yee report. “The next hearing in that case is set for Feb. 29. Proview lawyers said there might not be a decision immediately and it could take weeks or months before there was an outcome.”

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