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Proview warns Chinese businesses against selling iPad

updated 10:45 am EST, Thu March 8, 2012

Company steps up pressure on local vendors

Proview Shenzhen has issued an open letter to dealers and vendors in China, warning them not to sell the iPad, according to the Associated Press. The company threatens "the most severe measures" against anyone using "IPAD" or a similar trademark. This includes pursuing civil or even criminal allegations; to date Proview has only pursued a civil case against Apple in China, disregarding a separate US lawsuit.

In the interim Proview has been pushing local authorities in China to confiscate iPads from shelves, sometimes successfully. Apple is appealing a ruling in Proview's favor, however, and the latter party is in dire financial straits. Although the legitimacy of Proview's rights to the Chinese iPad trademark are still up for debate, money is believed to be a major incentive for the company as it struggles with the prospect of bankruptcy.

by MacNN Staff



  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969



    yeah whatever. Bump in the road. Fortunately, Chinese authorities understand that Apple employs a lot of people in China, and keeping people employed is very important to the government there. People who have work are too busy to agitate against the regime. I'm not kidding or engaging in hyperbole, either.

    Sometimes bribery is a very efficient form of government...

  1. Bobfozz

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Proview and Samsung

    Birds of a feather... when in doubt, and business is bad, litigate.

  1. JackWebb

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Now that's rich

    considering the major problem with their black market that someone is trying to kick out the real thing on the basis of trademarks.

  1. drumrobot

    Joined: Dec 1969



    "money is believed to be a major incentive for the company"
    Let's be honest here. Money is the ONLY incentive for Proview.

  1. Paul Huang

    Joined: Dec 1969




  1. Zanziboy

    Joined: Dec 1969



    All of the cases brought by Motorola, Samsung, and Proview should be thrown out of court. They are all just thieves and criminals.

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