Chinese City Seizes Apple IPads In Name Dispute



Salon Staff
February 13, 2012 2:00PM (UTC)

BEIJING (AP) — An official in a city in northern China says authorities there are seizing Apple iPads from retailers due to a trademark dispute with a Chinese company.

The official said Monday that investigators in Shijiazhuang, southwest of Beijing, started seizing iPads last week at the request of a company that filed a complaint with the government accusing Apple Inc. of violating its rights to the iPad name.

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Shenzhen Proview Technology registered the iPad trademark in China in 2001.

Apple bought rights to the name from a Taiwan company affiliated with Proview but the mainland company says it still has rights to use the name in China.

A Chinese court rejected Apple's claim to the name in China last year.

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An Apple spokeswoman in Beijing declined to comment.


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