Legal Loop: Proview Brings iPad Trademark Dispute Stateside

According to Bloomberg, Proview International asked the California Superior Court to impede Apple from selling a product using the “IPAD” trademark in the United States on February 17th. The Chinese-based vendor claims that the Apple subsidiary IP Application Development Ltd. made “false” statements to Proview before the sales of the iPad began. Proview now requests that the state of California reverse the deal that was made between it and Apple so that they may continue to engage in the trademark dispute…

Graham Robinson, an agent for IP Application, used the name Jonathan Hargreaves in correspondence with Proview before the Dec. 23, 2009 agreement to acquire all of Proview’s IPAD-related trademarks for 35,000 pounds ($55,267), the court filing said.

“This statement was false and untrue,” according to the filing. Proview is seeking unspecified damages from Apple, according to the document.

Proview last week requested that the China’s Customs Bureau cease to allow all imports and exports of Apple’s iOS tablet. However, a court in the Pudong district of Shanghai spurned this request yesterday, said Roger Xie, a lawyer for Proview.

There was a previous report by AFP that suggested Proview may have been seeking to work out a settlement with Apple.

[Bloomberg]

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