Chinese court rejects lawsuit over Apple name

A court in Southern China has rejected a lawsuit, according to a newspaper in the region dated from Tuesday. The article, which first broke in English on Reuters, involves the trademarked 'iPad' name, which is obviously owned by Apple. Thanks to Neowin's own cralias for tipping us about this news!

The court in the town of Shenzhen could have made its decision based upon the  Chinese province of Yunnan. It was in this province that, earlier this year, a chain of false Apple Stores selling fake goods were discovered. The video of this went viral and the shops were closed down after some time. Apple products are typically seen as highly desirable, meaning that counterfeiters regularly clone the design of these items. As a result of this, the company is virtually always engaged in some minor disputes with companies that are seen to be 'ripping off' the design.

The Chinese court challenged this however, with the company that uses the iPad name, Proview Technologies, having lawfully registered the usage of the name in countries including China. The importance of maintaining the name as an Apple hallmark is high, since the California-based company is attempting to make more of a dent in the market, opening more Apple Stores in time.

Proview has taken legal action against Apple, demanding ten billion Yuan (roughly $1.5 billion USD) over copyright infringement. While it is highly unlikely that, even if the company wins this case they will be able to receive the full price, it is still quite interesting to see a small company fighting its case against a giant as large as Apple.

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China can go to hell. There are the pirated hardware and software capital of the world. Them make cheapo knockoff of everything that is made elsewhere.

So China.............suck it...

ozyborn said,
China can go to hell. There are the pirated hardware and software capital of the world. Them make cheapo knockoff of everything that is made elsewhere.

So China.............suck it...

Easy fanboy , anyone would think its your product ....relax.

Well Apple obviously didn't care that there was already an defibrillator product named i-Pad before they decided to use the name.

Enron said,
Well Apple obviously didn't care that there was already an defibrillator product named i-Pad before they decided to use the name.

registered names are only for a specific product.
using windows to let light enter the house is not forbidden either

Enron said,
Well Apple obviously didn't care that there was already an defibrillator product named i-Pad before they decided to use the name.

nothing new, apple always steals names, iphone was also stolen name

Shadowzz said,

registered names are only for a specific product.
using windows to let light enter the house is not forbidden either

So if I made a heating pad called the iPad, you don't think Apple would come after me?

Enron said,
So if I made a heating pad called the iPad, you don't think Apple would come after me?

'Now' is a different situation to 'then'. Now there is a globally renowned brand called iPad. Previously there was an obscure brand of heaters (called i-Pad).

Apple would win *now*, if someone introduced a new product with that name, because a global popular brand now exists, and it would likely be a fairly obvious attempt to cash in.

it seems some relevant information was left out of this article

At the heart of the dispute is whether or not a 2006 agreement between Proview's Taiwan-based subsidiary, to sell Apple the "global trademark" for the iPad name for around 54 thousand U.S. dollars, includes China. Apple says yes, and Proview disagrees - it says the Chinese trademark rights are actually owned by its Shenzhen-based company, and are different to those owned by its Taiwan subsidiary.