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.