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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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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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