Proview continues to battle Apple in China’s court system and has scored a win in the Intermediate People’s Court in Huizhou. The court ruled that distributors in Huizhou, a small city in Guangdong province, must stop selling the iPad immediately. Proview has filed several lawsuits against Apple in China and is asking officials in 40 cities to stop iPad sales.
Apple insists it owns the right to the iPad trademark and purchased it from Proview legally several years ago. Apple Spokesperson Carolyn Wu said, “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.”
The Chinese courts, however, are siding with the Asian company and have upheld the company’s claim that its Taiwan affiliate sold the trademark without the company’s authority. Proview has asked for an import/export ban against the iPad and is asking for monetary damages. Proview is reportedly struggling financially and would benefit greatly from a big win against Apple.