Over the last few weeks we have been hearing more and more about the legal case going on between Apple and Proview in China, Proview is the company who originally owned the trademark for the iPad in a number of different countries.
Proview sold the trademark to Apple a few year ago, although the company is now claiming that this did not include ownership of the trademark in China.
Proview have taken Apple to court in China, and the court has initially ruled on Proview’s favor, although the case is still ongoing, Apple has now released a statement which you can see below.
“We bought Proview’s worldwide rights to the iPad trademark in 10 different countries several years ago. Proview refuses to honor their agreement with Apple, and a Hong Kong court has sided with Apple in this matter,” according to the statement, which also said the case is still pending on the Chinese mainland.”
Proview who are reported to be in financial trouble are seeking damages from Apple which are reported to be as high as $1.5 billion, which is considerably more that the $45,000 Apple paid for the original trademarks from the company.
Source 9 to 5 Mac