Yesterday we heard that Proview, the company who originally owned the trademark for the iPad, but sold it to Apple for around $55,000, although they claim this didn’t include the trademark for China, were ready to negotiate with Apple on the Chinese iPad trademark.
Now Apple and Proview are in court in Shanghai in China, which is China’s most populated city, and also Apple’s most popular market for the iPad and other devices.
Proview are asking the court in Shanghai to ban sales of the iPad in Shanghai, which would end up costing Apple a lot of money in lost sales, although Apple still maintains that when it purchased the iPad trademarks from Proview, these trademarks also covered China.
Apple’s lawyer in China, had the following to say about it, “Apple has huge sales in China. Its fans line up to buy Apple products. The ban, if executed, would not only hurt Apple sales but it would also hurt China’s national interest.”