Proview International Holding is moving against Apple now that the Chinese courts decided the Shenzen company owns a trademark on the word iPad. Roger Xie, a lawyer for Proview, spoke to Business Week and told them the company has not been able to reach an agreement with Apple over the use of the term.
Now, Proview is asking the customs bureau to block the import and export of the tablet device.
Apple, however, claims it owns the trademark and bought it legally from the UK company, IP Application Development. IP Application Development bought the trademark from Proview Taiwan in 2009 for £35,000 (US$55,000). Proview claims this original sale should be nullified because Proview Taiwan was not legally representing Proview Shenzen. A court ruled in Proview’s favor and members of China’s Administration of Industry and Commerce are supposedly confiscating iPads in at least one Chinese city. Apple is appealing this decision. In the meantime, the immediate future of the iPad in China is in limbo.