Apple won a key victory today in a Shanghai court, which denied a preliminary injunction request against Proview, a Chinese display maker that is suing the iPhone maker over the rights to the iPad moniker. As a result, Apple can continue to sell its tablet in Shanghai, which is home to one of the company’s flagship retail stores, without issues…
“[This court ruling] is a great help to Apple by giving it some breathing space,” said Ren Wenfeng, a lawyer at Guo Ce Law Office, which is not involved in the Proview-Apple dispute. “But it’s not clear whether Apple will eventually win the trademark infringement case in China, as the crucial thing will be the ruling by the Guangdong higher court.”
Further hearings have been put on hold while Apple and Proview await the results of a different lawsuit taking place at a higher court in Shenzhen, which Apple has sent an appeal to after it originally ruled in Proview’s favor regarding the iPad trademark in China. Apple maintains its belief that it has obtained the proper licensing agreements with Proview to use the iPad name in China.