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Proview Brings ‘iPad’ Trademark Battle to the U.S.

Posted in Apple, News on 24/02/2012 by Chris Hauk

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Will these guys never go away? Proview, the bankrupt company that’s trying to squeeze a “few dollars more” out of Apple for the “iPad” trademark, is now suing Apple in their own home country, the United States!

9to5Mac reports:

The bankrupt Chinese company that sold Apple the ‘IPAD’ name only to claim it was deceived by Apple’s secret IP Application Development subsidiary is now suing Apple in its own back yard, according to the WSJ.

The lawsuit, which was filed in the Superior Court of the State of California in Santa Clara County on Feb. 17, but previously unreported, claimed that Apple had committed fraud when it used a company set up by one of its law firms, called IP Application Development Ltd., to purchase the iPad trademark from Proview on Dec. 23, 2009 for 35,000 British pounds ($55,000).

The report continues, “In emails seen by The Wall Street Journal, a representative purportedly of IP Application Development told Proview that it wanted to acquire the iPad name because it was an abbreviation of its company’s title, and that its future products wouldn’t compete with Proview’s products.”

Proview is a bankrupt company who produced a desktop computer (basically a ripoff of the iMac G3) back in the 90s that had the “I-Pad” name. They are now using that to try and extract big bucks from Apple so they can keep their own rapidly sinking ship afloat for a short while longer. They obviously have no knowledge of proper lawsuit procedures in the U.S. Obviously, if you’re filing ludicrous lawsuits against American companies, you do it in Texas. Jurors there will award big bucks for any legal claim, no matter how ridiculous it may be!



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