Tim Cook Visits China to Meet Officials, Carrier Partners

Chinese website – Sina Tech reports that Cook visited an Apple Store in Beijing and posed for photos with customers.

Sina Tech also reports that Cook met with top officials at Apple’s iPhone carrier partners – China Unicom and China Telecom (who recently started offering Apple’s iPhone on its network). However, we won’t be surprised if he also met officials at China Mobile, which is the country’s largest carrier.

Cook seems to have also met Chinese officials according to a report on Wall Street Journal:

A spokeswoman said Mr. Cook— who is on his first trip to China since becoming chief executive of the Cupertino, Calif., company— “had great meetings with Chinese officials today.”

“China is very important to us and we look forward to even greater investment and growth here,” said the spokeswoman, Carolyn Wu.

She declined to identify any of the Chinese officials or give further details about the meetings.

Apple faces a legal challenge over the iPad trademark in China. 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”.

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.

We’re quite sure that Tim Cook would have discussed this issue with the Chinese officials.