Chinese Official Says Proview Owns iPad Trademark In China
Nobody would have thought that some funky capitalization could cause so much trouble.
Proview, the purveyor of that 90s-era all-in-one called the iPAD fighting on to ensure not to let the rights to the iPad name being owned by iPad maker Apple, despite selling those rights to the latter.
The legal antics started in China, where Proview temporarily managed to get Apple’s tablet booted off store shelves before being rebuffed by a Shanghai court. After defeat in Shanghai, Proview promptly brought the case stateside.
However, earlier this week, the Chinese vice minister for the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) declared that Proview is, in fact, the rightful owner of the iPad trademark. The SAIC has so far kept mum about the iPad trademark spat, so its decision to break that silence is sure to carry some weight when it comes time for the Chinese higher court to hand down its verdict.
This statement must be a relief for Proview because if Chinese Higher court delivers a verdict in the favor of Apple, political intervention (out of jingoistic feelings).
Apple had purchased rights from Proview to use iPad name worldwide but Proview is denying that, with an intention to extort more money from Apple. However, the unfair judicial system and government sided with Proview when the trade mark battle between Apple and Proview ensued. Apple is a lone warrior in a battle where the whole system is against it.