Company claiming iPad trademark sues Apple in U.S.
The battle for the iPad trademark has hit American shores. The Chinese company claiming to own the trademark—Proview Electronics Co., a unit of Proview International Holdings—has filed a lawsuit against Apple's use of the trademark in mainland China at the Santa Clara (Calif.) Superior Court, Proview spokeswoman Alice Wang says. An attempt by Proview to win an injunction to stop Apple from selling iPads in Shanghai was foiled this week when a court there rejected the case pending the resolution of a similar lawsuit in a higher court in China. Apple had no immediate comment on the California lawsuit. The companies are feuding over whether Proview sold the mainland Chinese rights to the iPad trademark to Apple in a 2009 deal. Proview claims the sale of the iPad China trademark to a company representing Apple by its Taiwan affiliate in 2009 was invalid. Proview has not challenged the sale of other worldwide rights to the iPad trademark to Apple in another $55,000 deal. Apple contends that Proview included the mainland Chinese trademark in the sale and violated that contract by failing to transfer the trademark rights to Apple. Check out the full story here.
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