iPad trademark lawsuit looms

08:42, October 29, 2010      

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US technology giant Apple Inc may face a lawsuit in China because a domestic computer screen maker claims it has the rights to the iPad name in the country.

Proview International, a Hong Kong-based technology company, registered the iPad trademark in 2001 and still owns the rights to its use in China, said Li Su, a shareholder of Proview.

Li demanded in a public letter on Wednesday that California-based Apple "immediately stop its rights infringement activities" and hold fresh negotiations with the company.

It is unclear whether Li's remarks also represent those of Proview, which could not be immediately reached for comment on Thursday.

Li threatened in the letter that Proview will ask the Chinese authorities to "seize relevant Apple products" if the company does not return to the negotiation table over the issue. He said Proview would ask for compensation of 10 billion yuan ($1.5 billion) from Apple.

Apple started selling its sleek iPad tablet computer in China last month, after months of gray-market action among avid buyers unwilling to wait for the official launch.

Tiffany Yang, spokeswoman for Apple China, refused to comment on Thursday.

In his letter, Li claimed that the main beneficiaries of the iPad trademark in China could be eight Chinese banks, which seized the assets of Proview's Shenzhen branch after the company reported a debt crisis.

Source:China Daily
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