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Heard the one about the iPad which isn't an iPad?

(Shanghai Daily)

10:46, December 07, 2011

It sounds like a joke, but it's not. Apple may not be able to call its iPad an iPad on the Chinese mainland. Unless, that is, it pays a huge sum of money to a struggling Taiwan company.

A court in the southern city of Shenzhen has rejected a suit brought by Apple in which it sought to gain control of the iPad trademark from the Shenzhen branch of Proview Electronics (Taiwan), an electronics manufacturer.

There was no evidence that Apple had obtained the trademark from Proview Technology (Shenzhen), which owned the rights to it on the Chinese mainland, the court ruled.

As a result, Apple may be forbidden to use the iPad trademark in the mainland market, industry insiders said. If Apple chooses not to appeal the court's decision, it would have to pay a large sum to buy the right to use it, they said.

Apple did not comment on the development yesterday.

In the third quarter, Apple China's revenue, mainly from the sales of its iPhone and iPad, reached US$3.8 billion, six times that of the same period of the previous year.

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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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