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Shanghai Court Rules in Apple’s Favor, Allowed to Continue Selling iPads

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Apple finally catches a break in China.  After suffering defeats in smaller courts, the Shanghai Pudong New Area People’s Court denied Proview’s request for an injunction against the iPad.  Unfortunately for Apple, the ruling only covers iPad sales within Shanghai. In China, each province has an independent court system that does not necessarily have to follow the rulings of other provinces. The Shanghai Court also granted Apple’s request to suspend the lawsuit due to Apple’s appeal from a Shenzhen court that ruled in favor of Proview.  The appeal is scheduled for February 29th.  For now, Apple can breath a little easier as they can continue to sale the iPad not only in their flagship store in Shanghai, but also in the country where the majority of iPadsare made.

Chinese Court Issues Ruling Banning Distributors From Selling iPads in China

Apple ChinaThe Associated Press is reporting that Proview International issued a statement through their attorney that the Intermediate People’s Court in Huizhou issued a ruling banning distributors from selling iPads in China.  Proview claims that they own the rights to the name “iPad” in China and that Apple is violating their trademark by continuing to sell iPads in China. “We bought Proview’s worldwide rights to the iPad trademark in 10 different countries several years ago. Proview refuses to honor their agreement with Apple in China and a Hong Kong court has sided with Apple in this matter,” Apple spokeswoman Carolyn Wu said in response to the lawsuit filed by Proview. In addition to the lawsuit filed in China, it has been rumored that Proview may file a lawsuit in the United States claiming $2 billion in damages over the trademark violation. According to the Associated Press, despite the ruling banning distributors, iPads were still being sold at several retail locations across China.