Feeds

China backs Proview in Apple iPad trademark war

Copyright wonk says monitor minnow is rightful owner

Application security programs and practises

A top Chinese official has said his government regards the IPAD trademark as the property of Shenzhen Proview Technology, piling extra pressure on Apple to settle over the alleged unauthorised use of the word.

Yan Xiaohong, the deputy director of China's National Copyright Administration, told reporters in Beijing that the administration reckons Proview is the rightful owner of the trademark, according to the Associated Press newswire. Cash-strapped Proview hauled Apple into court last year, claiming that the iPad maker had no right to use the name for its fondleslab in China because it holds the trademark.

"The dispute between Apple and Shenzhen Proview concerning the iPad trademark is going through the judicial process," Yan said in a news conference.

But he added that "according to our government's laws, Shenzhen Proview is still the lawful representative and user of the trademark".

The comments come just a few days after it was reported that the Guangdong High Court, which is hearing the case between Apple and Proview, said it was seeking a settlement in the case.

Ma Dongxiao, a lawyer for Proview, said that the company expected the case to end out of court, and the only thing holding that up was the amount of money Apple would be forking over for using the IPAD name.

"It is likely that we will settle out of court. The Guangdong High Court is helping to arrange it and the court also expects to do so," Ma said.

However Chinese courts often ask firms to settle cases in mediation, and it's not necessarily an order to come to a deal. ®

Application security programs and practises

More from The Register

next story
BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled
Auntie tight-lipped as major outage rolls on
There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES
Even France's mega subsidies don't stop US content onslaught
You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary
And we shall go about telling people you smell. No, not really
Airbus promises Wi-Fi – yay – and 3D movies (meh) in new A330
If the person in front reclines their seat, this could get interesting
UK Parliament rubber-stamps EMERGENCY data grab 'n' keep bill
Just 49 MPs oppose Drip's rushed timetable
Samsung threatens to cut ties with supplier over child labour allegations
Vows to uphold 'zero tolerance' policy on underage workers
Dude, you're getting a Dell – with BITCOIN: IT giant slurps cryptocash
1. Buy PC with Bitcoin. 2. Mine more coins. 3. Goto step 1
US freemium mobile network eyes up Europe
FreedomPop touts 'free' calls, texts and data
prev story

Whitepapers

Reducing security risks from open source software
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.