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Apple’s iPad taken off the shelves in north China

David Tring - China Law & Practice, Hong Kong

Chinese officials have confiscated Apple’s iPad devices from shops as Proview Technology began to assert its trade mark rights against the US company

Earlier this week, China Daily reported that officials from the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (AIC) took some of Apple’s iPad devices from reseller’s shelves in Xinhua district of Shijiazhuang, the largest city in Hebei province.

This is the latest development in a long-running dispute between Apple and Shenzhen based Proview Technology.

In 2001, Proview Technology registered the iPad mark in China. A year earlier, parent company Proview in Taipei had registered the mark across Asia and Europe. Apple bought the iPad marks through a UK company for $55,000 from Proview Taipei. That agreement included the China mark, but Proview Taipei is not the owner; Proview...

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