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Apple denied lawsuit versus Chinese firm over iPad trademark

updated 11:45 am EST, Tue December 6, 2011

Apple cannot sue Proview over iPad name

Apple on Tuesday was reported as having had a lawsuit tossed in China over claims a small firm was violating the iPad trademark. The Shenzhen-area Southern Metropolis Daily said that the Intermediate People's Court dismissed the case against Proview Technology based on time to file. Proview had filed for the trademark in 2000, several years before work had even started on the iPad.

Proview had previously been pursuing own copyright infringement suit for $1.5 billion against Apple. No developments have surfaced since the intentions were made public in October, however. The company is best known for its LED lighting and isn't a direct competitor to Apple.

While there is no question that Proview wouldn't have conceived of the iPad name in 2000 without the popularity of the iMac and iBook at the time, the lawsuit rejection underscores a legal reality that Apple doesn't automatically get legal precedence over its own naming scheme. It encountered this in 2007, when it opted to name its smartphone the iPhone despite Cisco already using the badge for Linksys VoIP devices. Apple agreed to pay Cisco for the rights, although Cisco is widely considered the loser since it had only taken the name to seize on Apple's popularity in the first place.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. Paul Huang

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    Just pay a big bag of Yuan and suddenly there is p

    NOTHING NEW.

  1. jmonty12

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    TOTAL BS

    "While there is no question that Proview wouldn't have conceived of the iPad name in 2000 without the popularity of the iMac and iBook at the time..."

    That statement is TOTAL BS. Early in the Internet, long before Apple started using iThis and iThat there were tons of companies doing the same. Apple is simply the only company that stuck with it, and now everyone thinks it is theirs.

  1. Roehlstation

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    Hey Look

    Proview stole the Portal logo.

  1. pairof9s

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    Chinese documents

    Are these notarized by the same institution that prepares the birth certificates for 16-yr old Chinese gymnasts?

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  1. testudo

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    huh?

    Apple agreed to pay Cisco for the rights, although Cisco is widely considered the loser since it had only taken the name to seize on Apple's popularity in the first place.

    Um, so they took the name to seize on the popularity, and then got a big payout from Apple. Where is the losing part?

  1. testudo

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    Re: Total BS

    Apple actually tried to do the 'e' words too, but they failed miserably (eMate, eMac, eWorld...).

  1. testudo

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    Keep in mind

    There isn't a reason they both can't use the phrase. If Proview doesn't make tablet computers, but their iPad is a lighting device, there's no crossover (which means their lawsuit may have as little chance of winning as Apples).

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