Apple’s iPad taken off the shelves in north China
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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