ChiPad Apple Might Lose Rights to iPad Trademark in China

Apple Inc. faces the possibility of losing rights to the iPad trademark in China, since a local company claims it has already been using it for over ten years.

Apple Inc. faces the possibility of losing rights to the iPad trademark in China, since a local company claims it has already been using it for over ten years.

ChiPad Apple Might Lose Rights to iPad Trademark in China

According to deputy director of the National Copyright Administration, Yan Xiaohong, the Chinese government already recognizes Shenzhen Proview Technology as the rightful owner of the iPad trademark.

Apple battled this case with Proview in a lower court, which finally sided with Proview on the matter. Apple appealed this decision to the Guangdong High Court in southern China, which has been reviewing the appeal since February.

Proview alleges to have owned the trademark since over ten years ago, and Apple claims to have purchased the rights from Proview in 2009, although this registration was never transferred for China.

The entire situation is a shaky one. China is determined to guard its trademarks and intellectual property, however, hundreds of thousands of Chinese work for Apple, assembling the Apple iPhone and iPad itself. It is obvious why China would not want to risk offending the company.

According to Ma Dongxiao, lawyer for Proview, the company has expected to settle alongside Apple all along. The point is the money involved, as the maker of computer displays and LED lights is financially troubled.

Ma said in a phone interview that the case will likely be settled out of court, and the Guangdong High Court is trying to arrange just that. It is common for Chinese courts to mediate out of court settlements. It remains to be seen, however, what Apple’s choice in the matter will be.

Source: foxnews.com