Wednesday, December 7th 2011

Apple Suffers Setback in iPad Brand Name Dispute with Proview in Chinese Court

Barring the Mac, Apple's rather generic-sounding brand names have often invited trademark disputes. Be it Apple's now resolved dispute of the name "iPhone" with VoIP major Cisco, or its rather bizarre claim to the word "App" that was stonewalled by a variety of industry majors such as Amazon.com, which it is likely to lose. A relatively unheard of brand name dispute has been over the name "iPad", which Chinese company Proview Technology claims to have been holding since before the release of the popular tablet device.

The Shenzhen-based company got an immediate respite when the Shenzhen Intermediate People's Court rejected Apple's claims to the iPad moniker. Apple had almost brokered a deal with the Taiwan branch of Proview, which the Shenzhen HQ rejected, sending the two in a legal tussle over the brand name. Proview claims to be holding the iPad brand name since the year 2000. Proview plans to take this minor yet significant legal victory forward in seeking an immediate halt of sales of iPad (at least in China), and about US $1.5 billion in damages from Apple, which it can appeal against the verdict in a higher court.

Source: Reuters
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34 Comments on Apple Suffers Setback in iPad Brand Name Dispute with Proview in Chinese Court

#1
laszlo
by: suraswami
Nah, they will just buy Proview and fire everybody there :D
why fire better change company name-Iview and make Ipaddy for Chinese market :laugh:
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LW
iPAD is the initial of 'Internet Personal Access Device'

I coined the name iPAD a decade ago -- initial of 'Internet Personal Access Device'. The concept of the device is to do away with Windows, Office, Intel CPU, HDD, FDD, ...... It is solely used to access internet by individual who want to read news, get information, read and writte emails, communicate with friends, play games, access to coursewares, ......
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LW
I coined the name iPAD a decade ago -- initial of 'Internet Personal Access Device'. The concept of the device is to do away with Windows, Office, Intel CPU, HDD, FDD, ...... It is solely used to access internet by individual who want to read news, get information, read and writte emails, communicate with friends, play games, access to coursewares, ......
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btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: LW
I coined the name iPAD a decade ago -- initial of 'Internet Personal Access Device'. The concept of the device is to do away with Windows, Office, Intel CPU, HDD, FDD, ...... It is solely used to access internet by individual who want to read news, get information, read and writte emails, communicate with friends, play games, access to coursewares, ......
Well um...good luck seeking free money. Oh wait you can't, you never registered that name.

*goes away to try and register "UMAD" (unintuitive money-hogging application developer)*

Aww shoot. Apple already took that.
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LW
by: btarunr
Well um...good luck seeking free money. Oh wait you can't, you never registered that name.

*goes away to try and register "UMAD" (unintuitive money-hogging application developer)*

Aww shoot. Apple already took that.
Don't be so rude, btarunr, and don't be so sure. The rule of game is invented by our forefathers (of human race), who want to create level and fair ground for every human being on earth.

I was the executive director of Proview -- the name that you might not want to hear now. Proview sold many tens of millions of monitors and TVs globally in the past decade under various names and OEM brand names -- the one that you use in might be made by Proview!

Be happy, Go lucky!
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btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: LW
I was the executive director of Proview -- the name that you might not want to hear now. Proview sold many tens of millions of monitors and TVs globally in the past decade under various names and OEM brand names -- the one that you use in might be made by Proview!

Be happy, Go lucky!
Oh, I didn't know you worked for Proview. I thought you were yet another "claimant". Nice to see you post here.

And no, Proview is not unheard of here. I have come across Proview CRT monitors in the past. Just that they looked like clones of Compaq monitors (unless Proview was an upstream supplier for HP-Compaq).
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#7
Mussels
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yeah LW, it might have been smarter to identify yourself first, so that we'd take your claim more seriously. good to see you posting here.
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#8
jmcslob
I'm fairly certain ProView makes or made monitors for Gateway...as well as for HP Compaq
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#9
Tatty_One
Super Moderator
Nice to see ex CEO's of "Global" companies posting here.... we clearly are having an influence throughout the webzzzz :D
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