Apple faces iPad trademark fight in China

Shenzhen, China-based Proview Technology has filed for a temporary restraining order to stop Apple from using the iPad name in mainland China. The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple previously filed a challenge against Proview, which claims it owns the iPad name in mainland China; Apple’s challenge was rejected in December, but the company has appealed to a higher court. “We’ve been negotiating with Apple,” said Yang Rongshan, chairman of the Proview arm in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen. “I can’t tell you what the status right now since this is a commercial secret, but so far their attitude is still quite ambiguous.” According to the report, the Beijing Administration for Industry and Commerce is also looking in to a complaint from Proview. Proview registered the name in 2001.

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