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Chinese Court To Mediate iPad Trademark Standoff

A Chinese court has got involved with a dispute between Apple and the Chinese company that is claiming Apple is using the iPad trademark, without permission.

Guangdong High Court, based in Southern China, is hoping to settle the dispute, said Ma Dongxiao, a lawyer for Proview Electronics Co. According to Ma, a settlement is likely to be reached out of court, as "the Guangdong High Court is helping to arrange it".

China is known to staunchly protect its trademarks and intellectual property, but it won't want to cause disruption to the production of Apple products in China. Hundreds of thousands of Chinese citizens are employed by Apple, in the assembly of iPhones and iPads.

Proview is a manufacturer of computer displays and LED lights, but is currently in some financial difficulty. The Chinese company insists it registered the iPad trademark over a decade ago, whilst Apple claim that Proview sold it the worldwide right to the trademark back in 2009. However, the registration was never transferred for China.

Carolyn Wu, a spokeswomen for Apple, said the company it had no new comment on the situation with Proview. Apple released a statement, which repeated that it would never "knowingly abuse someone else's trademarks". The statement also alludes to Proview's current financial difficulty, saying that the Chinese company "still owe a lot of people money, they are now unfairly trying to get more money from Apple for a trademark we already paid for."

Source: The Washington Post (opens in new tab)