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Chinese court rejects Apple's iPad trademark name

Apple gets rejected by Chinese court over iPad name

By Anthony Garreffa from Dec 8, 2011 @ 4:20 CST

Like Apple aren't in enough lawsuits as it is, but here's another to add to their ever-growing list of people who are angry with them. A court in southern China has rejected a lawsuit by Apple Inc, where they have accused a Chinese technology company of infringing on its iPad trademark.

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Apple have faced multiple roadblocks in setting up shop in China, even earlier this year there were fake Apple stores discovered in southwestern Yunnan province. What of the lawsuit? The Intermediate People's Court in southern boomtown of Shenzhen rejected Apple's complaint against Proview Technology (Shenzhen).

Proview have said that they lawfully registered the iPad trademark as long ago as 2000 for products in a number of countries, including China, the Southern Metropolis Daily newspaper reported, citing court documents.

The right for Apple to use the iPad name in China is, as you can imagine, quite important to Apple. The Chinese market is mind-bogglingly huge and executives have said that they have just scratched the surface in China in terms of sales.

Proview is seeking 10 billion yuan ($1.5 billion) in compensation from Apple for copyright infringement.

NEWS SOURCES:Reuters.com


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