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Apple pays Proview $60m for iPad trademark

Apple pays Proview $60m for iPad trademark

Apple has settled its iPad trademark suit with Proview, agreeing to a $60m pay-out in order to use the iPad name for its tablet in China. "The iPad dispute resolution is ended," the Guangdong High People's Court confirmed in a statement. "Apple Inc. has transferred $60m to the account of the Guangdong High Court as requested in the mediation letter." Proview had argued that Apple's apparent purchase of the iPad trademark back in 2009 was not legally valid.

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Proview demands $400m for Chinese iPad trademark

Proview demands $400m for Chinese iPad trademark

Apple is believed to have offered $16m to Chinese firm Proview to finally secure use of the iPad trademark in China, but the ailing company is reportedly holding out for a huge $400m settlement. Although Apple confirmed it had made an offer to Proview earlier this week, it declined to specify what sums were discussed; according to sources familiar with the negotiations speaking to Chinese site Sina, however, Proview has been forced to demand far more than Apple is willing to offer, as its creditors ratchet up the pressure.

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Proview trademark claims tossed out of US courts

Proview trademark claims tossed out of US courts

Apple and Proview have been battling in Chinese courts for a long time over trademark claims for the iPad name in China. In the US, Proview claimed that Apple deceived it into the selling rights of the iPad name by saying the trademark was an abbreviation for the company name. Proview sold the rights to Apple for the iPad name for $55,000 back in 2009.

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Apple offers settlement figure in Proview iPad case

Apple offers settlement figure in Proview iPad case

The legal tussle between Apple and Proview regarding the iPad trademark in mainland China may soon be coming to a close. Proview’s lawyer, Xie Xianghui, recently told news service Xinhua that Apple has begun to warm to the idea of a settlement. It comes after the two companies entered settlement talks as part of Chinese law, plus a senior Chinese official believing that Apple’s chances of winning the case were slim.

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Apple may lose iPad trademark in China

Apple may lose iPad trademark in China

Apple's chances of winning the iPad trademark battle in China may be slim, according to the remarks of senior official Fu Shuangjian, a deputy director of China's State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC). In one of the first public comments made by a government official about the Apple-Proview trademark controversy, Fu sided with Proview saying that the iPad trademark currently belongs to the Shenzhen company.

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Apple and Proview enter talks to settle iPad dispute

Apple and Proview enter talks to settle iPad dispute

The legal dispute between Apple and Proview continues to rage on in China. If you need a quick refresher, Proview claim that they hold the rights to the “iPad” name in mainland China, while Apple says they purchased the full rights some years ago. A legal tussle ensued, and so far the whole thing has been drawn out without any sign of resolution. Now, Apple and Proview are reportedly sitting down in an attempt to come to an agreement.

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Proview will take “all legal measures” to stop iPad sales in China

Proview will take “all legal measures” to stop iPad sales in China

If you recall, there’s been some legal trouble over in China between Apple and Proview. Proview claim that Apple don’t have the proper rights to the iPad name in mainland China, while Apple disagree. Previously, Proview sent a bizarre letter to local vendors threatening litigation if they continued to sell iPads. Now the company is looking to block a potential new iPad launch after the latest version has been cleared for sale by the China Quality Certification Center.

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Apple: Proview is misleading over iPad

Apple: Proview is misleading over iPad

Apple has renewed its offensive against iPad trademark foe Proview, claiming the company "is misleading Chinese courts and customers" and accusing it of trying to shake down Apple so that it can pay off its neglected debts. The Cupertino company pointed to its own track record of IP registration as evidence that it respects trademarks, the Washington Post reports, though Proview's lawyers maintain that Apple is looking to "mislead the courts, the public and media."

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Proview threatens Chinese vendors over iPad trademark

Proview threatens Chinese vendors over iPad trademark

The war between Proview and Apple wages on. Proview claims that they’ve been using the iPad name since 2001, and that they hold the iPad trademark in China. Apple naturally disagrees. Last month, Proview sought a ban of iPad sales in Shanghai, which was ultimately rejected by the local courts. Apple countered by saying that granting Proview a win on the trademark claim would “harm consumer interests” and cause confusion”.

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Apple: Proview iPad trademark “harms consumer interests”

Apple: Proview iPad trademark “harms consumer interests”

Apple has warned Chinese courts that ruling against it in the ongoing Proview iPad trademark case would "harm consumer interests" and "cause confusion", despite the fact that its Hong Kong foe has supposedly been using the name since 2001. "Consumers in China have come to associate this trademark with Apple's tablet computer" a lawyer from Apple's legal team told the Higher People’s Court of Guangdong this week, Bloomberg reports, arguing that Proview should no longer be allowed to use the brand in the country.

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