Apple Faces Potential iPad Export Ban in China

Apple is facing a potential iPad export ban in China over a trademark dispute with Proview Technology (Shenzen) Co Ltd.  Proview trademarked the name IPAD in 2000 for a handheld computer device and its subsidiary in Taiwan sold the rights to Apple in 2009.

Proview is now claiming that the sale did not cover the Shenzen subsidiary which owns the rights to the trademark in China.  Late last year, a Shenzhen court agreed that Proview owned the iPad trademark.  Apple has appealed the decision and the a final hearing is set to begin February 29, 2012.

Earlier this week, Carolyn Wu, a Beijing based spokeswoman at Apple said, “We bought Proview’s worldwide rights to the iPad trademark in 10 different countries several years ago.  Proview refuses to honor their agreement with Apple in China and a Hong Kong court has sided with Apple in this matter.”

Proview has now asked 20 cities in China to stop selling Apple’s iPad and some retailers are complying.

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