Both Apple and Chinese company Proview have been butting heads for quite a while now regarding the iPad trademark, and in the latest update, it seems that Apple is claiming that Proview and its subsidiaries “tricked” Apple into signing the agreement in such a way that would leave the trademark open for dispute. The agreement was signed back in 2009 before the first iPad was launched, and now Apple is also claiming that Proview is unfairly attempting to extract money from Apple for the same transaction. According to an Apple spokeswoman:
“Proview clearly made that arrangement so they wouldn’t have to give the money to their creditors in mainland China [...] Because they still owe a lot of people a lot of money, they are now unfairly trying to get more from Apple for a trademark we already paid for.”
For those unfamiliar with the case, Proview filed a lawsuit against Apple claiming that the Cupertino company infringed upon their “iPad” trademark. Apple on the other hand claims that they didn’t, and that they purchased the rights to the “iPad” trademark from Proview back in 2009. The Chinese company is currently seeking damages from Apple and have also explored the possibility of an injunction.
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