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Proview 'preparing for negotiations' with Apple

updated 11:00 am EST, Tue February 21, 2012

Promises court cases to continue

Proview is now "preparing for negotiations" with Apple, says Xie Xianghui, a lawyer representing Proview. "The court cases will continue until we reach an agreement," he adds. While Xie has declined to go into any more detail, he does claim that Apple has expressed "peaceful intentions" in the matter. Apple has yet to publicly respond to requests for comment.

Xie's statement comes on the verge of a court hearing in Shanghai, but also after a threat from Apple suggesting that it might sue Proview for defamation over releasing "information contrary to the facts to the media." At a Friday press conference, Proview Shenzhen chairman Yang Rongshan insisted that his company does hold the Chinese rights to the iPad trademark. The executive was challenging recent evidence that could undermine Proview's position.

Apple may be willing to agree to a settlement to simply resolve the situation and avoid any further expenses. Proview has already won two court victories in mainland China, and in some cities successfully had iPad 2s pulled from shelves. Apple continues to cite a victory in a Hong Kong court, but the difference between the mainland and Hong Kong legal systems may render it moot. Proview could demand as much as $2 billion if it succeeds in suing Apple.




by MacNN Staff

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  1. Paul Huang

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +7

    Beg for

    mercy?

  1. FireWire

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -5

    good journalism...

    puts important information in the first paragraph.. often I have no idea what the story is about.. I guess it's in China since the guy's name sounds Chinese.. Also often we will see acronyms that are not explained in the text..

  1. bonaccij

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    Great angle

    This is great. Proview asks for 1.6B, Apple sues for defamation... could be upwards of 500M.... puts Proview right back down to what Apple may be agreeable to pay for the license... brilliant!

  1. hayesk

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +14

    No case

    Proview knows they have no case - they're just upset that they sold off the trademark for less than what they could have due to Apple using a subsidiary to purchase the domain. This is all an attempt to get a little more money out of Apple.

    Still, who hasn't chuckled over the fact that Apple used a subsidiary whose initials spell IPAD to acquire the trademark.

  1. SockRolid

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +5

    Defamation!?!?

    What Mr. Xie said: "preparing for negotiations" with Apple..

    What Mr. Xie thought: Defamation? We didn't think of that!

  1. global.philosopher

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Could it be....

    Apple settles with Proview China and pays them ther troll money. Then Apple sues Proview Taiwan for selling them what they supposedly did not own for the amount Apple is out of cash.

  1. Arne_Saknussemm

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -2

    What a waste...

    of money, time, resources, imagination...

    All could have been avoided if Apple execs were less greedy,
    and made iStuff in the USA

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