It's being reported that Apple has almost no chance to win in its settlement meetings with Proview. The Chinese government regards Proview as the true owner of the iPad name, which makes the negotiations even trickier.
The Chinese authorities have stated on many occasions their determination to protect the trademarks and intellectual property. However, in Apple's case there are additional situations to consider, as hundreds of thousands of Chinese people work to assemble iOS devices.
Industry observers believe that China's government is not actually willing to disrupt Apple's business in China.
Proview's attorneys are fiercely accusing Apple of fraud and unfair competition in courts and are hoping for a well-paid settlement. Proview has managed to postpone its own bankruptcy procedures only by promising that Apple's payments for the iPad trademark will be sufficient to pay off the company's debts.
"Given the wide implications of this case we need to wait to see the final ruling of the court, which will decide the ownership rights for the trademark," said Yan Xiaohong. "We will proceed with the case in a prudent manner."