Apple Faces Fight for iPad Trademark

Proview, a Taiwanese-owned company which owns the trademark for "iPad" China says it will sue Apple for infringing on its ownership in that market, according a report in the Financial Times. Nearly a decade ago, PRoview tried unsuccessfully to market a tablet computer it called "I-Pad."

Although the product failed, the company trademarked the name "IPAD" in the E.U., China, Mexico, South Korea, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam at different times between the years 2000 and 2004. FT notes that trademark databases validate Proview's claim.

In 2006, Proview reportedly sold the global trademark (except, Proview said, in China) to a U.S. company named IP Application Development, for $55,100. It turns out, however, that IP Application Development was really just a front for Apple.

Now, Proview's having some financial difficulties. In fact, a group of Chinese creditor banks has seized the assets of Proview’s Shenzhen unit, including the trademarks, after the company defaulted on loans worth $400 million.

Naturally, Proview’s shareholders and creditors would love to see the trademarks sold at the highest possible price, but Apple has blocked any attempts to do so via preliminary injunctions granted after Apple and IP Application Development sued Proview.

According to the FT, Apple is seeking an order requiring Proview to assign the Chinese IPAD trademark to IP Application Development, per the 2006 agreement. However, FT added, according to online trademark databases, while the ownership of the E.U. trademark for IPAD changed from Proview to Apple this year, two IPAD trademarks registered in China are still shown as belonging to Proview.

Interestingly, just prior to the launch of the iPad, Apple settled with the owner of the U.S. trademark: Fujitsu.
Via:  FT
Tags:  Apple, China, ipad
inspector 4 years ago

LOL really now? Well who do you think will win?

So are the trademarks in chine suppose to be included in the global trademark sale they did? I would say yes... hence global.

AlanH 4 years ago

Awesome, an advertisement in a comment section.

Why don't you make like a tree and *** off?

realneil 4 years ago

[quote user="AlanH"]Awesome, an advertisement in a comment section.[/quote]

Not for long,..........Big Smile

rapid1 4 years ago

Bill Jobs message to his secretary: please book me an appointment with a good Proctologist, my butt is burning.

Secretaries thought's: oh that must be why he did not sit at the last Apple conference, and had that pained look on his face.

Gastroentologist: I think you need some good attorneys, and some preparation H!

realneil 4 years ago

[quote user="rapid1"]Bill Jobs message to his secretary: [/quote]

Do you mean Bill Gates or Steve Jobs?

Or Bill Jobs Big Smile

3vi1 4 years ago

They want a "do-over"?!?!? They sold the name (to who they thought was a patent troll!) at a price they thought was fair at the time. It's not like the name creates any consumer confusion either.

If the root of all evil is the love of money, these guys have admin access to hell.

Inspector 4 years ago

Trademark troll 3vi1 :D

animatortom 4 years ago

They will probably have a difficult time getting that past Kotex and Stayfree! :P

They are both made for douches and only usefull about one week a month!

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