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The developments are the latest in a long-running dispute between Apple and Proview Technology (Shenzhen), a struggling Taiwanese-owned company that registered trademarks for the name IPAD in many countries long before Apple conceived its smash hit tablet computer.


http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/6bc5ba86-20b7-11e1-8133-00144feabdc0.html
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Why would able bring a case against a company that held the name before them? *facepalm*
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Why would able bring a case against a company that held the name before them? *facepalm*

Because Apple bought the rights to the trademark prior to being denied the rights in China.

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In 2006, Proview Electronics (Taiwan) agreed to sell Apple the “global trademark” for the IPAD name for £35,000, according to Proview, but the two companies have subsequently disagreed about whether that deal included China.

I doubt Apple wanted to buy the trademark for everywhere BUT China, and Proview's IPAD product failed over a decade ago. What reason beyond trying to get a piece of the pie do they have for holding the name in China?
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I doubt Apple wanted to buy the trademark for everywhere BUT China, and Proview's IPAD product failed over a decade ago. What reason beyond trying to get a piece of the pie do they have for holding the name in China?

Because China's population is like 3 times the amount of the US?
    
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Why would able bring a case against a company that held the name before them? *facepalm*

Because Apple bought the rights to the trademark prior to being denied the rights in China.

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In 2006, Proview Electronics (Taiwan) agreed to sell Apple the “global trademark” for the IPAD name for £35,000, according to Proview, but the two companies have subsequently disagreed about whether that deal included China.

and Proview's IPAD product failed over a decade ago. What reason beyond trying to get a piece of the pie do they have for holding the name in China?

So what if the product tanked a decade ago? In sheetmusic for example, companies are still holding copyright for 100 years on music they have not printed in 90 years.
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apple stealing trademarks and patents? Thats never happened before.. oh wait..
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So what if the product tanked a decade ago? In sheetmusic for example, companies are still holding copyright for 100 years on music they have not printed in 90 years.



And those companies have sued people for violating the patent on that music.. There is precedent here in US and European courts.
 
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Because Apple bought the rights to the trademark prior to being denied the rights in China.
I doubt Apple wanted to buy the trademark for everywhere BUT China, and Proview's IPAD product failed over a decade ago. What reason beyond trying to get a piece of the pie do they have for holding the name in China?

I thought it was news, because whether the Chinese company has legitimate claim to the trademark or not the Chinese courts aren't terribly equitable with non-Chinese entities and that could be a problem for Apple.
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I could see a company from China deciding to sell the rights to every country but China..... China has a population of over 1.3 BILLION as of 2010 and its growing. That's a fair chunk of the earths total population. Thats's 19% of the earths pop... So yea, keeping that ONE market makes sense.
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apple stealing trademarks and patents? Thats never happened before.. oh wait.

The article says Proview SOLD the rights to Apple.
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