Cool Gadgets, Gizmos, Games and Geek Stuff on Technabob
VISIT OUR OTHER SITES: THE AWESOMER | 95OCTANE

Like Us on Facebook

Technabob is reader-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.
As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Disclosure.

Apple Doesn’t Own iPad Trademark in China

 |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  December 7, 2011


It must really suck to be the person in charge of securing trademarks for Apple right now. Apparently, Apple thought that it had the trademark for the iPad name in China. Or at least it thought its team of legal ninjas could beat down the Chinese opposition that owned the trademark. In either case, Apple was wrong.

A company in China has had the iPad trademark since 2000. The company is called Proview Technologies and it actually sold the rights to iPad to another firm for the UK and other countries. That company then sold it to Apple. The problem was that apparently Chinese rights weren’t part of the original sale.

That means that Apple has been peddling the iPad in violation of the trademark in China for a while now. China is booming and important to most tech firms so Apple can’t just walk away. Proview is apparently looking for (imagine Dr. Evil as you read this next part) a billion dollars. Will Apple have to change its tablet’s name in China or pay up big time? That remains to be seen.

[via Reuters]



Live Feed Bird Feeder

Live Feed Bird Feeder

Hot Wheels Lunch Break

Hot Wheels Lunch Break

Flying Through a Van

Flying Through a Van

General Motors Warns Dealers Charging Market Adjustments

General Motors Warns Dealers Charging Market Adjustments

Concepts from Future Past: Pininfarina Model X

Concepts from Future Past: Pininfarina Model X

Listen to the Hennessey Venom F5 Taxi for Takeoff

Listen to the Hennessey Venom F5 Taxi for Takeoff

Advertisement