Today a group of Chinese officials seized 45 Apple iPads in what has now become a very public case, in which Proview International Holdings LTD., claims Apple is infringing on its’ trademark. “The tablets were seized at markets in Shijiazhuang, capital of Hebei province.”
According to the report, “Apple sued Proview’s Shenzhen-based subsidiary in April 2010, claiming ownership of the iPad trademark in China. The Shenzhen Intermediate People’s Court rejected Apple’s claims on Nov. 17.”
The Taipei-based unit of Proview, a maker of computer displays, registered the iPad trademark in a number of countries as early as 2000, according to a report from China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency in December. The Shenzhen-based unit registered the trademark in China in 2001, according to Xinhua.
Apple bought rights to use the iPad trademark from Proview’s Taipei unit in 2009 with a payment of $54,616, however Proview’s Shenzhen unit reserved rights to use the trademark in China, according to Xinhua.
I can’t say for sure, but it does not look good for Apple’s upcoming iPad 3 launching in China. Right now it looks as if Apple will have to shell out some more money if they want to put this behind them. But hey, you never know! Thoughts?