Tuesday, February 21st 2012

ProView Open To Talks with Apple Over iPad Trademark

After taking Apple to court over alleged infringement of the iPad trademark, successfully convincing the court over the allegations, leading to incidents of Chinese authorities pulling iPad off shelves, and taking it further to seek an seeking an export ban, ProView softened its stand. ProView's lawyer Xie Xianghui said that his client is open to talks with Apple over reaching a settlement. He believes that both sides are "still able to sit together and reach an out-of-court settlement."

The saga began with Apple acquiring rights to use the "iPad" brand name in China from ProView, which the latter claimed was acquired using dubious means, through a newly floated company by Apple, without ProView knowing it who it was really dealing with. This way, Apple probably bought rights to the brand name for much lower than what ProView would have sold them for, had it known who it was dealing with. iPad went on to become one of Apple's most successful brands. ProView sought a large amount of money from Apple in damages.

Source: ABC News
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12 Comments on ProView Open To Talks with Apple Over iPad Trademark

#1
Ahhzz
I think much less of this than I originally did... which is hard, since I have a naturally low opinion of anything the Chinese are trying to pull, but I was rooting for them if Apple violated copyright, or wasn't paying what they were supposed to. But that's not what happened. ProView is butt-hurt because if they'd known they were selling to Apple, they would have asked for more money!! Well, ya know what, that's tough. You made a deal, you most likely asked for more than you thought it was worth just to get what you could. Piss off.
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NC37
Why is it they always want to make peace instead of going for the killing blow? Proview is like the villain in hundreds of movies...takes Apple to their knees then offers to join forces. "Lets rule the galaxy together as father and son!!"

Even if Apple accepts...I've seen this movie. Proview dies with a knife in their back and Apple goes on to rule the universe unopposed! :D
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Completely Bonkers
I hate this. Camping trade names, camping domain names, squatters, etc.

I had a domain+hosting service. I no longer needed hosting. I cancelled the hosting but asked to keep the domain. They failed to transfer the domain "in time" but somehow managed to register it with their sister company. 5 years now. Trying to sell it back to be for $1000.

ProView are doing the same. They didnt and havent got a widely successful product under the name iPad, but they try to camp the name for $.
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#5
Halk
I can see what you're saying Bonkers... but let's put it a different way for a different "feel".

You buy a plot of land that you intend to farm, it doesn't go especially well, and the farm doesn't really get off the ground. Oil is struck in the land near yours.. and it turns out you have oil. It's just your good fortune.

What's surprising is that Apple legal have left any room for Proview to move.. what may be happening is that Chinese law is favouring the little Chinese company, because they know Apple won't move production out of China and they can afford to pay Proview millions if they need to.
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#6
noname00
ProView's lawyer Xie Xianghui said that his client is open to talks with Apple over reaching a settlement. He believes that both sides are "still able to sit together and reach an out-of-court settlement."
This was their plan all along. It is the only way they win something. If Apple can't sell the iPad in China it will lose a lot of money, but ProView won't get anything. Squeezing money from Apple, that's all ProView wants.
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#7
bill_d
ipad 3 just went up 20%
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Completely Bonkers
by: Halk
You buy a plot of land that you intend to farm, it doesn't go especially well, and the farm doesn't really get off the ground. Oil is struck in the land near yours.. and it turns out you have oil. It's just your good fortune.
Eh? What "oil" did ProView have exactly? What investment had proview made to harvest from the ipad product?

Proview had used a similar name for a very different product. Arguably, there was no conflict at all because of very different product/market. Where exactly did they earn rights to profits from a product they had nothing to do with?

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Let's put it a different way for a different "feel".

You have a gf/wife called Sarah. Well, I had a one-night stand a long time ago called sarah, here in my country "X". So if you and your gf/wife ever come to X then I want my visitation rights to your Sarah. Every Tuesday night please. Lucky fortune good time. Thanks for your understanding and compliance with my rights to my oil field.

:confused::banghead:
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#9
Halk
The oil was the previous trademark.. the way the law works (at least in China where it's rather bias) then you're quids in.

I'm not saying the law is right, but that's the way it works. You're welcome to Sarah btw, if she'd go with you then I don't.. nah I'm joking :) However if it was something I wanted to keep.. then the law doesn't work that way where I live, and I wouldn't take her where you lived in the law worked that way.
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m1dg3t
by: NC37
Why is it they always want to make peace instead of going for the killing blow?
Back room pay off's ;)
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#11
TurdFergasun
apple must get mad when others use their own tricks against them.
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#12
Completely Bonkers
Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery ;) Hahahaha

by: m1dg3t
Back room pay off's ;)
I'm sure Proview would accept $1 payoff as an act of generous goodwill... together with a $10b OEM contract for the next 10yrs ;) Good business, after all. No reason for this to dent Apples bottom line... just reshuffle the long list of OEMs in Proview's favour.
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