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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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iPad confiscated in China after Apple trademark legal loss

iPad confiscated in China after Apple trademark legal loss

Apple's iPad 2 is reportedly being seized from stores in China, forcing retailers to hide their stock of the iOS slate, after Apple lost a trademark suit against Proview Technology over use of the name. The Chinese Administrations of Industry and Commerce (AIC) had confiscated 45 iPads as of 5pm local time, the Hebie Youth Daily reports, though there are claims that shoppers still looking for the tablet can get one if they ask.

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Steve Jobs exhibit at US Patent Office Museum open now

Steve Jobs exhibit at US Patent Office Museum open now

This past week the United States Patent Office Museum (not to be confused with the actual patent office, mind you,) set up a lovely display of over 300 patents that have Steve Jobs' name on them, all this behind a gigantic set of iPhones as a monument to his innovation. This is all set up at the museum in Alexandria, Virginia, and you can find it in the atrium of the office's Madison Building headquarters. You'll be able to get in free and see all softs of interactive exhibits, a gallery of portraits, and a theater where short films will be shown. Fun stuff for your holiday weekend!

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Apple multi-touch trademark application rejected

Apple multi-touch trademark application rejected

Apple has been denied the "multi-touch" trademark, with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) deciding that it had already become generic in its usage. Although Apple attempted to trademark the term on the same day that the original iPhone was launched, January 9, 2007, the initial registration was rejected; Apple's appeal has similarly been denied, with the USPTO saying that "the examining attorney was not persuaded by applicant's showing of acquired distinctiveness."

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Quake 3 Video Game Challenge Laid Down with “Scrolls” Name as Prize

Quake 3 Video Game Challenge Laid Down with “Scrolls” Name as Prize

So there's this guy by the name of Notch, aka Markus "Notch" Persson, he's one of the original creators of the massively popular game Minecraft. Notch's developer group Mojang is currently in a trademark dispute with another group of developers by the name of Bethesda Softworks. The latter has threatened to sue the former because Mojang's new game by the name of "Scrolls" apparently doesn't seem far enough away from Bethesda's "The Elder Scrolls," a trademarked name they currently own. What Notch of Mojang here is suggesting is that a team of his best "warriors" and a team of Bethesda's best "warriors" go head to head in the first-person-shooter game Quake 3, the winner dropping their side of the dispute.

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Publisher sues Apple over iBooks trademark

Publisher sues Apple over iBooks trademark

The busiest people in the Apple corporate structure have to be the legal team. These guys and gals are constantly fighting off suits and filing suits for one reason or another. The legal team at Apple only recently settled with Nokia for patent infringement and now another suit has been filed against the corporation. A publisher in New York filed a trademark infringement suit against Apple this week. The publisher is John T. Colby.

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