Apple lost iPad trademark lawsuit in China, must rename

HONG KONG (Reuters) - A court in southern China has rejected a lawsuit by Apple Inc. accusing a Chinese technology company of infringing its iPad trademark, a newspaper reported on Tuesday, the latest move in a protracted tug-of-war over the name. Apple now no longer can sell its tablet in China under the iPad name.


Apple’s iPad rejected in China

In the lawsuit over the use of the iPad name, the Intermediate People’s Court in the southern boomtown of Shenzhen rejected Apple’s complaint against Proview Technology (Shenzhen). Proview, it said, lawfully registered the iPad trademark as long ago as 2000 for products in a number of countries including China, the Southern Metropolis Daily newspaper reported, citing court documents. Apple launched the iPad 10 years later in 2010.

The right to use the iPad name in China is crucial for Apple, where the company is in the process of opening more stores in a booming country with 1.3 billion people. Apple executives have said they have just scratched the surface in China in terms of sales revenues.

With the defeat of Apple, Proview is also taking legal action, seeking 10 billion yuan ($1.5 billion) in compensation from Apple for copyright infringement, Caixin Online reported. Proview is one of the top 5 biggest computer monitor manufacturer in the world.

crazy! China government really need to review their copyright infringement act. The outcome really joke of the year.

china always copyright and imitate product but they never get sue? not fair isnt it ?

Joke of the year is really the US Patent & Trade Office. Read up the absurdity here:

http://www.phonearena.com/news/Why-the- … nd_id20914

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Sta … ark_Office

Well they registered the name under multiple countries and sold it off in 2006, the company who bought it then transfered and sold it off to apple. What they didnt realise was that at the time they sold it they didnt include the china region cause they havent gotten it yet.

Apple tried to sue them but they didnt do their own homework, what do you expect? They though they can bully everyone and they got burned… apple is getting rate down in my mind cause they even tried to sue a restaurant with a name “an apple a day”… later on they will sue a apple tree for growing apple or something stupid probably.

Well you can see how the fail to sue Samsung as well :stuck_out_tongue: