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Apple “intentionally mislead” over iPad trademark claims Proview

Apple “intentionally mislead” over iPad trademark claims Proview

Apple faces renewed criticism over the Proview iPad trademark case, amid accusations that the shell company Apple set up deliberately mislead over its intended use of the trademark in order to secure the sale. Proview, which is currently suing Apple in the US, claims Apple's "special purpose company" IPADL (IP Application Development Ltd) assured the Taiwanese firm that it sought the trademark as "it is an abbreviation for the company name" the BBC reports.

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Apple sued in US over iPad trademark

Apple sued in US over iPad trademark

Apple's iPad trademark headaches continue, with Chines foe Proview suing the Cupertino company in the US, along with accusing it of using a fake company to con Proview into believing it would not present competition in the market. Proview filed its suit at the Santa Clara Superior Court on February 17, Proview spokeswoman Alice Wang confirmed to the AP, citing Apple's use of the iPad trademark in the Chinese market. The company claims it believed it was negotiating with an IP developer, which would not offer hardware competition for sales in China.

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Apple escapes iPad sales ban but Proview war isn’t over

Apple escapes iPad sales ban but Proview war isn’t over

Apple has successfully squashed attempts to secure a preliminary sales injunction against the iPad 2 in Shanghai, keeping the iOS tablet on Chinese shelves and casting further doubt over the future success of  Proview's trademark case. The Shanghai court suspended the case and rejected Proview's demands for an early sales ban on the iPad, the WSJ reports, until it could hear the trademark ruling being argued in the Guangdong provincial high court.

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Proview chases huge iPad ban

Proview chases huge iPad ban

Apple-arguer Proview has demanded the iPad 2 be banned from sale in Shanghai, one of its biggest markets, over ongoing trademark controversy, though Apple has argued such a move would "hurt China's national interest." Although Proview has secured small-scale blocks on iPad sales in some of China's smaller cities, the company is now chasing a Shanghai ban in the apparent hope of motivating Apple to open up its corporate purse. "Both sides have willingness to negotiate" Proview lawyer Roger Xie told press, Reuters reports, though he confirmed that "official negotiation hasn't started yet."

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Apple threatens Proview over iPad defamation

Apple threatens Proview over iPad defamation

Apple has fired back at Chinese firm Proview, threatening legal action for potentially damaging its reputation with "information contrary to the facts" about the iPad trademark in China. "It is inappropriate to release information contrary to the facts to the media, especially when such disclosures have the effect of wrongfully causing damage to Apple's reputation" the letter, provided to PC World, reads; Apple sent it to Proview after the company's founder held a press conference last week. Proview founder Yang Rongshan had claimed Apple attempted to buy the Chinese iPad trademark from a subsidiary of the company which did not have the authority to sell it, and insisted that the deal was thus invalid.

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Apple iPad trademark case detailed as Proview factory decays

Apple iPad trademark case detailed as Proview factory decays

Increasing attention on Apple-suing Taiwanese display firm Proview today as the company readies a $2bn lawsuit in the US, with suggestions that Proview facilities are physically crumbling while details of Apple's £35k iPad trademark buy emerge. Chinese site Caixin dispatched photographers to Proview's flagship Shenzhen factory, only to find it desolate, barely-staffed and falling apart. Meanwhile, it's been revealed that Apple paid £35,000 (over $55,000 at today's rates) to buy the iPad trademark, with documents lending weight to suspicions that Proview is hoping to double-dip with the Cupertino company so as to rescue itself from financial ruin.

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Apple faces $2bn Proview US lawsuit

Apple faces $2bn Proview US lawsuit

Apple foe Proview is threatening to expand its legal battle over the iPad trademark to the US, revealing it is preparing to sue Apple for $2bn as the Chinese furore spreads to the Cupertino company's home turf. Proview has denied Apple's suggestions that the ongoing case is little more than extortion, with CEO Yang Rongshan arguing that "we own [the iPad trademark] in China. If you were in my position ... you would try to protect your rights."

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China iPad saga escalates

China iPad saga escalates

The Chinese iPad trademark saga continues to confuse, with contrary claims over why the iOS tablet has been yanked from retailers, while Apple and Proview argue over who has the legal upper hand. Sales through Amazon China ceased not because of the trademark litigation but, insiders claim, because it is not an official reseller, though the retailer itself has indicated differently. Meanwhile, in an official statement, Apple says that "Proview refuses to honor their agreement with Apple in China" and points to a ruling by Hong Kong courts in its favor. However, Proview counters that Apple is misrepresenting the court's decision.

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iPad 2 yanked from Amazon China [Update: At Apple’s request]

iPad 2 yanked from Amazon China [Update: At Apple’s request]

Amazon China has apparently yanked the iPad 2 from sale in the aftermath of the Proview trademark suit, freezing orders of the tablet after Chinese courts ruled Apple doesn't hold rights to the name. Listings on Amazon China have been pulled from search results, and the product pages no longer accept sales, QQ Tech spotted; a similar lock-down has taken place at rival retailer Suning.

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Apple could buy its way out of Chinese iPad ban hints Proview chairman

Apple could buy its way out of Chinese iPad ban hints Proview chairman

Enacting a full import ban on the iPad 2 in China is likely too difficult to achieve, litigious trademark holder Proview says it has been warned by customs, leaving the company hinting it would accept a payoff from Apple. Having won its legal challenge against Apple in China last year, convincing courts that it, not the American company, holds the iPad trademark, Proview has now discovered that implementing a sales ban against the coveted tablet may be even more troublesome than the Cupertino legal team.

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