Apple Could Face Fine of $1.6 Billion for iPad Trademark Infringement in China

11 Feb

Proview Technology, a subsidiary of Hong Kong’s Proview International Holdings, Ltd., recently sued Apple over the rights to the “iPad” name in China.  Proview International owns subsidiaries Proview Technology in Shenzhen and Proview Electronics in Taiwan.  In 2000 Proview International registered the “iPad” trademark in Taiwan and in 2001 registered the trademark in China.  The rights to the trademark were later sold to Apple for $55,000 via IP Application Development, a UK- based company.  Proview (Shenzhen) argued the “iPad” trademark was sold by Proview Electronics in Taiwan to IP Application Development, which then sold the rights to Apple for the trademark.  Proview (Shenzhen) claimed Apple does not have ownership of the “iPad” name in China as Proview Electronics in Tawain only transferred the trademark registration in Tawain to Apple.  Apple argued the Taiwan subsidary was acting as a representative for Proview (Shenzhen).

In December, a Chinese court found in favor of Proview.  Apple has appealed the decision.  If Apple loses the battle over the iPad trademark, the company could have to pay a fine between $38 million and $1.6 billion.  In addition to the fine, Proview is seeking an apology from Apple for the alleged infringement.

To view the full article from Fox Business, follow this link.  An additional article from the Huffington Post can be found at this link.

2 Responses to “Apple Could Face Fine of $1.6 Billion for iPad Trademark Infringement in China”

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