Trademark battle with Apple over iPad name at risk
An appeal to a Chinese court by creditor Fubon Insurance may force an early end to Apple's trademark dispute with failing Chinese manufacturer Proview. Fubon is attempting to have an earlier lower court ruling in April overturned. The lower court had blocked the liquidation of Proview pending the outcome of the hearings with Apple in regards to the iPad name. Wednesday's Chinese high court hearing sought to have Proview Technology immediately liquidated to help pay the $8.6 million the former display company owes the insurer.
Proview gambles on US lawsuit strategy
Proview is now known to have quietly sued Apple in the US last week over the iPad trademark dispute. It claimed in a Santa Clara court that Apple's decision to use a shell company, IP Application Development Limited (IPADL), was allegedly fraudulent. By masking its own involvement, Apple was trying to "defraud and induce" Proview into signing a trademark handover deal that it might not otherwise have agreed to, according to the lawsuit.
Apple cannot sue Proview over iPad name
Apple on Tuesday was reported as having had a lawsuit tossed in China over claims a small firm was violating the iPad trademark. The Shenzhen-area Southern Metropolis Daily said that the Intermediate People's Court dismissed the case against Proview Technology based on time to file. Proview had filed for the trademark in 2000, several years before work had even started on the iPad.