Proview International Holdings Ltd previously sued the Cupertino firm over the same trademark dispute in China. The Chinese company released a desktop computer also called the iPad back in 2000. Proview is seeking a sales ban of the Apple iPad in China, which is where Apple’s supply line is based. If Proview is successful, it could prevent Apple from exporting its tablet to other countries. According to Reuters, it has sued Apple in Silicon Valley, California.
In the lawsuit it filed in the US, Proview claims that Apple deceived it when it purchased the iPad name. It says Apple hid behind the name “IP Application Development”, IPAD for short. According to Proview, lawyers from “IPAD” said it would not compete against Proview, but refused to comment what they would use the trademark for.
Proview adds that Apple’s actions were done “with the intent to defraud and induce the plaintiffs to enter into the agreement”. Apple sticks to its previous statement, claiming it purchased the right to use the trademark in 10 countries back in 2009.
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