News by Dan Seifert on Wednesday December 07, 2011.
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In China recently Apple suffered a rare legal defeat, losing a courtroom battle over the rights to the iPad name, its flagship tablet device. A Chinese court has thrown out Apple's lawsuit against Proview, citing that the Chinese company has had rights to the name since 2000, long before the iPad was around.
As the story goes, Proview had registered the iPad trademark in 2000 for use in a number of countries, including China. It then sold the trademark to a holding company in 2006, which then transferred it to Apple. Proview, however, argued in court that the 2006 transfer did not include use of the trademark in China, and the court agreed with the company.
Now, Apple is facing a reverse lawsuit from Proview to the tune $1 billion in compensation for copyright infringement in China. [via Fox News]
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