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Hearing ends without ruling over iPad name

By Zheng Caixiong and Qiu Quanlin  (China Daily)

08:31, March 01, 2012

Graham Michael Robinson, witness for tech company Apple, is surrounded by reporters outside the Guangdong High People's Court in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, on Wednesday, as the court held a public hearing on the iPad trademark dispute. (Zong Tao / China News Service)

GUANGZHOU - A court in Guangdong province did not make a final ruling on a lengthy iPad trademark dispute between a Chinese company and tech giant Apple after a public hearing on Wednesday.

The latest hearing, held in Guangdong Provincial High People's Court, followed an initial ruling by the Shenzhen Intermediate People's Court, which rejected a lawsuit in December by Apple and IP Application Development accusing Proview Technology of infringing on the iPad trademark.

The hearing on Wednesday focused on whether Proview Electronics, a Taiwan-based company, had the right to represent Shenzhen-based Proview Technology to sell the iPad trademark.

Xiao Caiyuan, the attorney for Shenzhen Proview, said Shenzhen Proview and Taiwan Proview are two independent companies and the contract signed between Taiwan Proview and Apple for the iPad trademark transfer on the mainland was invalid.

But attorneys for Apple said Taiwan Proview was linked with Shenzhen Proview and that Apple has the right to use the iPad trademark on the mainland.

Meanwhile, senior executives from Shenzhen Proview, including Yang Rongshan, Mai Shihong and Yuan Hui, have participated in the negotiations for the trademark transfer, representing Taiwan Proview, attorneys for Apple said during the hearing.

Yang was chairman of Shenzhen Proview before he resigned in early 2010, while Mai was director of the legal affairs department with the company.

Taiwan Proview registered the iPad trademark in a number of countries and regions as early as 2000, with Shenzhen Proview registering the trademark on the mainland a year later.

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