A Taiwanese company has threatened to sue Apple for trademark infringement, claiming they registered the iPad name several years ago. May be iPad probably isn’t the most original name Apple could have highlighted for its tablet computer. Now it’s hard to believe extensive research didn’t go into the naming of such an iconic product.
Flat screen manufacturer Proview in threatening to sue Apple on the grounds that between 2000 and 2004, they registered the name IPAD in the EU, China, Mexico, South Korea, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam. The company alleges that they tried unsuccessfully to market a tablet computer called I-Pad. Apple has already won preliminary injunctions preventing Proview from selling off the IPAD name, but the issue of ownership has not yet been settled.
Moreover, the legal challenges by Proview could cause problems for Apple in selling the iPad in China, where the tech giant is making a major push that includes a new website and more retail stores in the next year. What expected is that, Apple will probably happen to “settle” with Proview, meaning give them money to go away.