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Authorities seize iPads in dispute over name

By Lu Feiran (Shanghai Daily)

08:26, February 14, 2012

APPLE iPads have been seized from retailers by authorities in a north China city over a dispute involving the iPad name, an official said yesterday.

Proview Technology (Shenzhen) is seeking similar action in more than 20 other cities.

Industrial and commercial authorities began seizing Apple iPads in Shijiazhuang, capital of Hebei Province, last Thursday.

Some retailers in the city have removed iPads from their shelves and were drawing products directly from warehouses for customers to avoid having their stock confiscated.

Officials with the Shijiazhuang Industrial and Commercial Administrative Bureau said they had received a lawyer's letter from Proview, saying Apple's use of the iPad name violated its rights.

After double checking the information, officials said they decided to take action.

Under Chinese law, products involved in trademark violation cases are confiscated, with the company in breach of the law facing fines of up to five times the profit it makes from sales of the questioned products.

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