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Heard the one about the iPad which isn't an iPad? (2)

(Shanghai Daily)

10:47, December 07, 2011

Proview Electronics (Taiwan), a contract manufacturer of flat screens, invested heavily in setting up Proview Technology (Shenzhen) and tried to launch a tablet computer called the I-Pad a decade ago, but it met with lukewarm market response. The I-Pad project was cancelled.

However, Proview registered the trademark in Europe, China, Mexico, South Korea, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam between 2000 and 2004, according to trademark databases.

In 2006, Proview Electronics (Taiwan) agreed to sell the "global trademark" to a UK-based company called IP Application Development (IPAD) for 35,000 pounds (US$55,104). IPAD transferred the trademark to Apple.

However, Proview Electronics (Taiwan) said the trademark for the Chinese mainland market was not included in that 2006 agreement because Proview Technology (Shenzhen) held it and not the Taiwan unit.

Proview is seeking to get the highest possible compensation from Apple through the trademark case, analysts said. "We are in big financial trouble and the trademark is a valuable asset that could help us sort out part of that trouble," Yang Rongshan, Proview's chairman, said in an interview with the Financial Times last year.

Both sides have been in negotiation over the trademark for some time. An insider said the only question was how much Apple would be prepared to pay for the Chinese mainland rights.

"There's little possibility of Apple giving up the iPad trademark in China, I think," the insider said.

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IPanic at 2011-12-08108.15.78.*
Its not Taiwan company , its a China company ! do some homework before typing , would u ?

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