Apple Faces iPad Trade Ban in China

After being sued from a Chinese technology firm, it is assumed that the Cupertino-based technology giant could face a complete ban on the import and export of its most popular tablet, iPad in China. It is important to mention here that the Chinese technology firm sued Apple over ‘iPad’ trademark. The company is intended to seek device ban in the country.

Proview Technology is a firm at the center of the iPad trademark row sued Apple over ‘iPad’ trademark. The company’s lawyer said that we are petitioning Chinese customs to stop shipments of Apple iPads, considering the earlier complaints to the Administrations of Industry and Commerce (AIC).

Where there iPad had been found on sale, some of the Administrations of Industry and Commerce started seizing it, following an earlier trademark ruling in China, which discovered Proview to hold rights to the name. However, the Cupertino-based kept its traditions alive and straightaway appealing the decision.

It has also been seen that the stock has been deliberately removed from the shelves from several outlets to avoid any potential problems with authorities. iPads are still being sold in those outlets, but the customers need to ask for the device verbally so as to prevent publicizing the fact that it is still on sale.

In response to court ruling, this is what Apple spokesman said:

“We bought Proview’s worldwide rights to the iPad trademark in 10 different countries several years ago. Proview refuses to honor their agreement with Apple in China and a Hong Kong court has sided with Apple in this matter.”

The Cupertino-based company filed an appeal with Higher People’s Court of Guangdong Province on January 5, claiming that it bought the worldwide rights to the trademark long ago. Proview had sold the trademarks for other regions across the world to a company linked with Apple back in 2006 for $55,000, but insists on the fact that it still holds the rights for the name in China.

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