Apple Pulls iPad From Amazon China; Authorities in Another City Seize iPads Over Trademark Issues

Tech in Asia reports that Apple’s iPad 2 is no longer available for sale on Amazon China and Suning.com.

According to M.I.C Gadget, iPad was pulled from these website due to a notice from Apple and not from Proview Technology, which has been trying to ban the import and exports of Apple’s iPad in China over alleged infringement of “iPad” trademark.

M.I.C Gadget reports:

Amazon China withdrew Apple’s iPad and stop the sale of the tablet from 14th February night in the country. According to an Amazon China spokesman, the withdrawal is on the notice of Apple and also it’s the adjustment on its sales strategy…

Meanwhile, Apple has not made any comments on the issue, and Apple’s staffs in China refuse to reply too. However, as confessed by the lawyer of Proview, Proview did not apply for the administrative ban on the online sale of iPad in Beijing where Amazon China is located; also he has no idea about Apple’s demand for the iPad withdrawal from Amazon China.

Meanwhile, the New York Times reports that government authorities in Xuzhou, a city of 1.8 million people in coastal Jiangsu Provinc have started confiscating Apple’s iPad from retailers, following the footsteps of the city of Shijiazhuang.

Proview had first filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against Apple in 2010, claiming it owned the “iPad” trademark in China since 2000. At that time it was demanding $800 million from Apple. Apple had countersued Proview claiming that they owned the “iPad” trademark as they had bought European rights to the “iPad” trademark from Proview’s parent company for $55,000, which also included China.

But back in December, Apple lost the lawsuit as the court ruled that Proview’s parent company did not have the authority to sell them. Apple had appealed the December ruling that favored Proview.

Apple’s move to pull iPad from these websites is quite strange. Earlier today, Reuters reported that Chinese Customs officials have told Proview that it will be difficult to ban iPad exports from China.

We’re getting the feeling that Apple is losing control of the situation and may be forced to settle out of court with Proview Technology.

[via Tech in Asia, M.I.C Gadget]

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  • Apple Lover/Hater

    If it weren’t for Apple I wouldn’t have known what this patent fight is lol
    They’ve had so many haters

  • well…

    what goes around comes around.
    f apple

    • http://www.sublogic.net Android Sucks

      go back to fagdroid forums hater

  • duhh

    Honestly, who really cares?

  • Grime

    Its almost laughable that a Chinese company is suing on the grounds of patent infringement. We are talking about China, a country that has historically ignored patents, copyright and intellectual property? Guess that’s what happens when your raking in %75 of the smart phone market profits.

    • Big Joe

      It’s not patent infringement…it’s Trademark infringement. It’s the iPhone argument that Apple had with Cisco back in the day. That was quickly settled out of court, but Proview is saying that their parent company didn’t have the rights to sell the iPad trademark, which has so far held up in court in China. BUT…I agree with you on how ironic it is as there are so many companies over there who don’t give a second thought to violating copyright or trademark on a daily basis.

  • Grime

    *you’re, Needed to correct that quickly before the internet grammar police come knocking.

  • http://www.motorbeam.com/ fas

    This is really ridiculous, really very!