Apple sued for $1.6 billion for using "iPad" in China, apology requested

By Rick · 18 replies
Feb 9, 2012
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  1. A major Chinese display company, Proview Technology, has demanded that Apple cease using "iPad" in China. After engaging in "ambiguous" negotiations with Apple over the matter, executives at Proview have decided to…

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  2. UnknownSky

    UnknownSky TS Enthusiast Posts: 43

    How many times has Apple been sued lately?
  3. Tomorrow_Rains

    Tomorrow_Rains TS Enthusiast Posts: 156

    How many times has apple done the suing lately?
  4. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,150   +915

    How long do these Sueing cases take?
  5. Wow how many time has china said that patterns and coppyrights dont apply to them.... now that its in their interest their sueing!! Come on if they win this all the international corps should be able to sue chinese copagy's for the copyright and patterns infrigment

  6. Scshadow

    Scshadow TS Evangelist Posts: 511   +152

    I hate apple but I think they did the right thing here. If Apple tries to buy the trademark directly, greedy little bitches will demand all kinds of money. If they make a sub company that is unknown, the trademark gets sold at a fair value price. Its obvious proview wasn't using the trademark as they were willing to sell it, so the trademark really didn't have any value. They are just whining now because they sold it and had no clue it would end up in the hands of a multi billion corporation like Apple.
  7. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,136   +131

    LOL screw China
  8. I love apples (with a "s" at the end) if you got it .. :-/
  9. This is BS! First off, it's not iPad, it's Apple iPad. So, if Proview uses iPad to market a product, there can be no consumer confusion, that is, nobody will think that it's a product from Apple because who doesn't know what an Apple iPad looks like?

    Secondly, Proview doesn't sell or manufacture tablets, so, he can't sue a tablet manufacturer for using iPad when he's got nothing to lose. They are companies in different markets, so, where's problem!?

    I'm willing to bet that Proview will lose this suit because I can't see a reason for Apple not to use iPad. If there was a new burger called the McDonald's iPad, I wouldn't see a reason for Apple to sue McDonald because people won't buy the McDonald's iPad and confuse it with the Apple iPad tablet.

    Proview is just trying to make a name for themselves. Suing a big fish always brings in fame, so, this is what Proview is trying to accomplish here IMO.
  10. This is more BS. First of all, it's not Fanboy, it's Apple Fanboy. But as everyone knows a fanboy by any other name is still an Apple fanboy. I'm tired of all you fanboys always defending your freaking fanboy ruler. Get a life. Or better yet, get right over to you favorite McDonald's for a greasy iPad fanboy burger.
  11. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,890   +1,224

    " Apple would be free to use the iconic pronoun in other parts of the world" ipad is a noun. Pronouns are words that replace nouns like I, me, my, him, her, it, them, etc.

    Anyway... call it an iTab, like anyone would care.
  12. mattfrompa

    mattfrompa TS Evangelist Posts: 553   +57

    that would actually be a great way to introduce the new line of tablets.
    "oh, you still have an iPad? iTabs are better."
  13. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,813   +473

    If you read the article, Proview had a patent for IPAD in 2000. Your point may be valid for other products but this doesn't seem entirely frivolous.
  14. Apple does sue cafe or supermarket for using something like apple in their logo.. or even school.. think again about what you said..
  15. I came here to say that Milwaukeemike is right. This author has no clue what a pronoun is.
  16. I can't help pointing out that the chinese always, always have stolen ideas. They have had no one of their own since the days of Kon fu Tse (Konfucius)... I start to suspect they even stole the idea of the compass - but they got the credit of inventing it...
    Torbjorn from Sweden
  17. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 4,572   +65

    I mixed up pronoun with proper noun. I have updated the article and thanks for the heads up, as always.
  18. I get the feeling that if this issue were reversed that it would remain the American/western company who were in the eye's of those commentating who would be in the right.

    Fact: Apple will sue anyone who might even be close to infringing it's IP regardless of where the infringement may be regardless of competition from said infringement.

    It doesn't matter whether the product or idea by Proview is or is not competing or similar, Apple would like one rule to apply to them and a different one to apply to everyone else... strangely like MS of old... :-/

    Big bad here Apple, they should lose the case. IMO.
  19. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,036   +2,558

    Huh? I just thought it was a contraction..... Well, NOT... ! :rolleyes:

    Although, as long as you didn't call it an "iProp", you should be good to go.... :haha:

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