Shanghai Court Rejects Proview’s Request to Ban Sale of Apple’s iPad

Apple finally has some success in a Chinese court over the iPad trademark dispute with Proview. We reported yesterday that Apple and Proview had a court hearing in Shanghai.

Reuters has just reported that the People’c court in Shanghai has ruled in Apple’s favor and has refused to grant an injunction banning the sale of Apple’s iPad.

The Shanghai Pudong New Area People’s Court ruled in Apple’s favor after a hearing on Wednesday, the source with direct knowledge of the ruling said, confirming a report by the website of local official newspaper Xinmin Evening News. [..]

However, it was still not clear whether a separate effort by Proview to seek compensation in the Shanghai court from Apple for alleged trademark infringement would be successful.

Proview claims that it was the first to use the iPad moniker in China for its computer, which looks similar to the first generation iMac. Proview’s IPAD stood for “Internet Personal Access Device”.

However, Apple insists that it holds the trademark rights to the “iPad” name in China.

“We bought Proview’s worldwide rights to the iPad trademark in 10 different countries several years ago. Proview refuses to honor their agreement with Apple in China and a Hong Kong court has sided with Apple in this matter,” said Apple spokeswoman Carolyn Wu.

The People’s Court in Shanghai seemed to agree with Apple. This should come as a major relief for Apple as courts in the Chinese cities of Huizhouand Shijiazhuang have already ruled in favor of Proview.

If the Shanghai court had not ruled in its favor then it would have been a major blow to their plans in China as three of Apple’s five retail stores in the country are in Shanghai.

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  • fas

    So every state has its own ruling?

  • fas

    The united states has regional rulings, hence appeals courts. There are federal courts, which have juristriction(?) over a small area, appeals courts over a large area (IE the loony left wing 9th circuit court whose rulings eventually get overturned), then the supreme court which rules over the entire country. So according to the 9th circuit court, gay marriage ban is unconstitutional(where does it say that?) so any state that falls in its juristiction cannot ban gay marriage, anywhere else in the country it can be banned by individual states.

  • Bruce

    Fas (the first one) probably meant “region in China” by “sate” … this article is not about the Unites States.