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Chinese officials see Proview as owner of iPad trademark

updated 12:30 pm EDT, Tue April 24, 2012

May aid Proview in settlement talks

Chinese government officials are currently siding with Proview in the company's iPad trademark dispute with Apple, reports suggest. The Associated Press quotes Yan Xiaohong, deputy director of the National Copyright Administration, as saying that the government considers Proview Shenzhen to be the rightful owner of the trademark. The Wall Street Journal meanwhile cites Fu Shuangjian -- the deputy director of the State Administration for Industry and Commerce -- as having a slightly different perspective.

"Currently, Proview Shenzhen is still the legitimate registered owner of the iPad trademark," says Fu. He adds, though, that the government is waiting for a final ruling from a Guangdong court, after which Industry and Commerce "will deal with the case according to law."

Apple and Proview are in the middle of settlement talks. The government's position could aid Proview, which needs the money from any settlement or court victory to pay off some $400 million in debts. Apple, in turn, may be willing to pay a large amount to ensure it can keep selling iPads in China.

by MacNN Staff



  1. jdonahoe

    Joined: Dec 1969


    New China - old ways

    Sounds like extortion is the rule of law in chinese courts.

  1. Paul Huang

    Joined: Dec 1969


    call it

    App Pad

    Or call it nothing and it'd still sell. The icon (iconic product) has carved out the market already, so the name is unimportant.

  1. icewing

    Joined: Dec 1969


    so under that logic...

    If I sell something to you, then my wife still owns it?

  1. b9bot

    Joined: Dec 1969


    The case hasn't been determined

    The comments from whomever are false as the court has not decided the case as of yet. So whatever or whomever says doesn't matter until the courts rule the final verdict. If they find in favor of Proview, China will lose thousands of jobs and there economy will fall like a rock. Chinese people who love the products will lose the ability to own an iPad from Apple. But I guess the government thinks Proviews iPad clone of a 1990's iMac is much more favorable product so let them buy that junk instead!!!

  1. Tjp

    Joined: Dec 1969


    One has to laugh

    Just call it the LaughPad or use the common chinese phonetic for laughter. So it would be the fuPad.

  1. nat

    Joined: Dec 1969



    there was a point in time where the chinese started caring about trademarks and ip? wow. i must have slept through that.

  1. pairof9s

    Joined: Dec 1969


    He says it but...

    He says Proview is the trademark owner but nowhere, at least in this article, does he state the reason why. So either this is an opinionated statement or in China no reason has to be provided with a decision.

    Just goes to show that I'd rather learn to do without than to purchase things made in China...dependency just fuels the corruption.


  1. elroth

    Joined: Dec 1969



    It's true that Proview never filed the papers to transfer ownership to Apple (although they promised to). To the Chinese copyright office, they would see Proview as the owner because there are no official papers that say different.

    If that's all the Chinese official meant, then there's no problem. The court will rule or the case will be settled, and ownership will be established.

    On the other hand, if he's judging the court case and declaring Proview the owner then he's out of line.

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