Report: Apple may lose iPad trademark in China

Report: Apple may lose iPad trademark in China

Summary: A court in Shenzhen has rejected Apple's claim that a China-based subsidiary of Proview Technology infringed upon the iPad trademark in China, according to a newspaper report

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Apple may lose the trademark of its popular tablet computer in China after a Chinese patent court rejected its ownership of the iPad trademark in the country.

According to Chinese newspaper Southern Metropolis Daily, a court in Shenzhen rejected Apple's claim that Shenzhen-based Proview Technology infringed upon the iPad trademark in China. Apple confirmed the lawsuit but declined further comment.

The court ruled that Apple's purchase of a "global trademark" for iPad from Taiwanese company Proview Electronics did not apply to the trademark owned by its Shenzhen-based subsidiary, according to the Chinese paper. Therefore, Apple had no rights to the iPad trademark in China, said the report.

For more on this ZDNet UK-selected story, see Report: Apple to lose iPad trademark in China on ZDNet Asia.


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Liau Yun Qing

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