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Chinese company sues Apple in the U.S. over use of iPad trademark

News by Dan Seifert on Friday February 24, 2012.

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Proview, the Chinese company that successfully won against Apple in Chinese courts over the use of the iPad name but failed to get an injunction enforced, has taken its case to the U.S. Proview has filed a lawsuit against Apple claiming trademark infringement and accusing Apple of fraud in California.

Proview's main complaint, the one concerning fraud on Apple's part, claims that Apple was deceptive in its intentions when it purchased the iPad trademark through another company, IP Application Development, and that Apple acted "with oppression, fraud and/or malice." Proview says that IP Application Development originally claimed it wanted the trademark because it was a convenient abbreviation of its name, and that future products would not compete directly with Proview.

Apple's response to the case is that it rightfully purchased the trademark from Proview, and that Proview is refusing to uphold the companies' agreements in China.

Proview is looking for damages, a nullification of the earlier agreement to use the trademark, and for Apple to stop using it entirely. [via The Wall Street Journal]

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