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UPDATE: Battle over iPad Trademark Continues

24 Feb

Apple appears to be out of hot water in Shanghai, for the moment (see our earlier posts, entitled Apple Could Face Fine of $1.6 Billion for iPad Trademark Infringement in China” and “UPDATE: China Seizing iPads”).  A court in Shanghai rejected Proview’s request for a preliminary injunction to stop Apple from sell its iPad tablets in the city.  The court stated proceedings in the dispute would be halted until the Higher People’s Court of Guangdong decides an appeal brougt before the court by Apple.  A hearing of the case is schedule before the Guangdong court on February 29.

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UPDATE: China Seizing iPads

20 Feb

Last week, it was reported that Apple could be fined for iPad trademark infringement in China (see our earlier post, entitled Apple Could Face Find of $1.6 Billion for iPad Trademark Infringement in China located at this link).  The Los Angeles Times has reported that the trademark fight between Proview Technology in China and Apple is escalating to the point that the Chinese government is seizing iPad tablets from retail stores in northern China.

The LA Times reported that “[t]he seizures in Shijiazhuang, the capital of Hebei province, were in response to a trademark infringement complaint filed by Chinese company Proview Technology . . . Proview Technology, which is based in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, said it holds the trademark for the hot-selling device in China.”

Read the full story from the Los Angeles Times at this link.

UPDATE: “Linsanity” Trademark ?

17 Feb

In an effort to protect his name, New York Knicks player Jeremy Lin has applied to trademark the use of “Linsanity”.

“Jeremy Lin is going on offense to protect Linsanity.  The Knicks sensation this week applied for trademark rights to Linsanity,  One of Lin’s attorneys confirmed it.  Lin paid a filing fee of $1,625 to cover use of the trademarked term on all manner of apparel, including underwear. In a detailed listing of goods, the filing seeks to protect its use on everything from action figures to beverage sleeves and backpacks.  Lin filed his application on Feb. 13, several days after two California men entered the cash-in derby to trademark Linsanity. But Washington, D.C., trademark attorney Josh Gerben told The Huffington Post that those claims will likely turn into a procedural air ball, costing the two men time and money.”

The full story can be found at this link.

“Linsanity” Trademark ?

16 Feb

Yenchin Chang and Andrew W. Slayton are two individuals that have sought to Trademark New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin.  While Yenchin Chang is not associated with Jeremy Lin, Andrew Slayton was a former high school coach of Lin’s and has even registered several domain names where items related to the point guard are being sold.

“In the latest attempt to game the U.S. trademark system, Jeremy Lin followers are making their own play to profit on the Knicks’ sensation.  Earning the rights to the term most associated with Lin’s instant celebrity could mean big bucks in royalties for its usage on merchandise like T-shirts and hats.  One trademark attorney in the story doubted either would win, calling the moves a “bad-faith” attempt to make money off of Lin’s emergence.”

The full story from The Huffington Post can be found at this link.

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.

Sports Artist and University of Alabama Continue Battle in Trademark Lawsuit

10 Feb

Prior to 2000, sports artist Daniel Moore worked with the University of Alabama to draw images commemorating various univeresity teams, most notably football players in crimson and white uniforms.  In 2000 the university and Moore broke ties and in 2005 Moore was sued by the university.  The university sought to prevent Moore from selling posters made from his paintings without obtaining a license from the university.  The university also challenged his use of the images on various items including coffee mugs and t-shirts.

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