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China's local court hears Apple's appeal over iPad trademark

(Xinhua)

08:49, March 01, 2012

GUANGZHOU, Feb. 29 (Xinhua) -- The Higher People's Court of south China's Guangdong Province concluded the court hearing of "iPad" trademark case Wednesday afternoon without settlement after about six-hour's fierce defence.

The court will pass judgement on the case another day.

Both sides didn't refuse to reach a compromise while the court asked.

The Higher People's Court of Guangdong Province began to hear Apple's appeal of a ruling against its right to use the "iPad" trademark in China on Wednesday.

The court opened Wednesday morning and debates continued over whether Apple has the right to use the iPad trademark in the Chinese mainland -- a trademark claimed to have been registered by Proview Technology (Shenzhen) prior to the product's launch.

Apple has plunged into several legal battles in China and appealed to the provincial higher court after it lost a case to Proview Shenzhen in December 2011.

Proview Shenzhen and U.S. technology giant Apple have been tangled in a lengthy dispute over the rights to use the iPad trademark in China.

Proview Shenzhen is a subsidiary of the Hong Kong-headquartered Proview International Holdings Limited, which also has a branch in Taipei.

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