News by Dan Seifert on Tuesday March 13, 2012.
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The case between Apple and Chinese company Proview over the iPad trademark has taken another turn today, as Apple filed a statement in Chinese courts claiming that Proview is intentionally misleading with its claim to the trademark. Apple says that Proview tricked Apple into signing an agreement that could later cause confusion in Chinese courts.
The agreement in question was signed in 2009, and now Apple says that Proview is trying to get more money for the same agreement through its lawsuit. The original contract awarded Apple the rights to use the "IPAD" trademark in Taiwan and other countries, including China. Apple says that Proview intentionally had the licensing talks go through its Taiwan division, even though the trademark was owned by the Chinese division of the company.
"Proview clearly made that arrangement so they wouldn't have to give the money to their creditors in [China]", said Apple's lawyer in a prepared statement. "Because they still owe a lot of people a lot of money, they are now unfairly trying to get more from Apple for a trademark we already paid for."
Proview denies that Apple was pushed to sign the agreement in Taiwan and says that the original agreement was drafted by Apple's attorneys at the time. Proview has attempted to have the iPad pulled from shelves in various markets while the companies battle in court, though it has not had success thus far. [via The Wall Street Journal]
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