Shanghai iPad sales allowed to continue, for now


Shanghai iPad sales allowed to continue, for now

Warwick Ashford

Sales of Apple's iPad will be allowed to continue in Shanghai, at least until the Guangdong High Court rules at the end of the month in a long-running dispute between Apple and electronics firm Proview Technology over ownership of the iPad name.

The court considering Proview's application for a provisional injunction to force Apple to halt iPad sales in Shanghai agreed to Apple's request to suspend the decision until its appeal against an earlier ruling on the iPad name dispute is heard on 29 February, according to the BBC.

Although Apple won its first court battle against Proview in Hong Kong, a mainland Chinese court later sided with Proview, prompting Apple to appeal.

Apple bought worldwide rights to the iPad trademark in 2009 from Proview's Taiwanese affiliate, which had previously registered the name "iPad" in a number of countries, including China.

But, Proview claims that its Taiwanese subsidiary had no right to sell the rights to the name in China.

In a written statement, an Apple spokesman re-iterated the company's position on the dispute.

"We bought Proview's worldwide rights to the iPad trademark in 10 different countries several years ago," he said. "Proview refuses to honour their agreement with Apple in China and a Hong Kong court has sided with Apple in this matter. Our case is still pending in mainland China," he said.

In addition to attempting to halt iPad sales in Shanghai and other cities, Proview earlier this month asked customs officials to block shipments of Apple's iPad in and out of the country.

The threat prompted concerns that global sales of the product could be affected, as China is a major manufacturing base for Apple products.

Proview is also threatening to continue the trademark battle in US courts.

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