Wednesday, February 8th 2012

Apple Faces Fines in China, Possible iPad Ban for Trademark Infringement

ProView has the last laugh, while Apple gets a taste of its own medicine, in a remarkable turn of events that unfolded in China. Apple and ProView have been locked in a tussle over the brand name "iPad", which the latter claimed Apple dubiously acquired rights to use in 2006, by floating a shell company called IP Application Development and using it to deal with ProView. ProView had no idea it was dealing with Apple at the time (it was not shared that information), or that Apple would go on to use the name for one of its biggest selling products. A Chinese court ruled in favor of ProView. Apple now has to cough up US $38 million in fines, and sit down with ProView to work out a fresh agreement to using the brand name "iPad", or face a sales ban.

Sources: China Daily, Global Times, DailyTech
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31 Comments on Apple Faces Fines in China, Possible iPad Ban for Trademark Infringement

#1
OneCool
Now Apple will sue Fox network :rolleyes:
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#2
1Kurgan1
The Knife in your Back
OneCool said:
Now Apple will sue Fox network :rolleyes:
Other way around, Fox came up with the name first. :laugh:
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btarunr
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crazyeyesreaper said:
38 mill is just the FINES people

ProView is suing for damages as well to the tune of 1.58 BILLION USD
Correct, $1.5 billion in damages. Even that is pocket change to Apple. I think what Apple stands to lose more is "precedent", in every other similar case, in every other part of the world, Apple will be faced with a credibility-deficit. Companies like Samsung, which already afford the best lawyers in the business, will go for the kill.
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#4
m1dg3t
btarunr said:
Apple will be faced with a credibility-deficit. Companies like Samsung, which already afford the best lawyers in the business, will go for the kill.
Thank you Jesus! I'm not an Apple fan, sorry :o
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#5
Super XP
Apple = Overpriced Junk...
Hopefully Apple gets hammered in the pocket book big time. :D
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#6
blibba
Toadicus said:
communist owned
You mean state owned. Whether or not they're communists isn't relevant, and the set of people "communists" is not identical with the Chinese government.
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