Siri Litigation Still Alive in Shanghai, But for How Long?

March 28, 2013

I dimly recall talking about this case last year, I believe shortly after the iPad dispute was resolved. I’m too exhausted to poke around in the China Hearsay file room to find my previous post, but I assume I said something like “It’s too early to tell what’s going to happen, and we would need [...]

Piss-poor Media Coverage of Malicious Trademark Registration Rules

December 26, 2012

Apologies for a long, cranky post during the holidays, but this topic deserves some attention. As you know, I’ve been writing about trademark squatting and other registration issues for a long time, and the subject has been particularly hot in the past couple of years with disputes involving famous brands and names like iPad, Hermes, [...]

Trademark Infringement and China Exports

November 2, 2012

If anyone can remember back to the Apple vs. Proview dispute over the iPad trademark (oh no, not that again), there was an unresolved dispute floating around about the ability of Proview to stop exports of the iPad manufactured in China by going to Customs. Some folks said it was possible, others said no. I [...]

iPad Trademark: Endgame

July 31, 2012

Looks like we can finally put this whole thing to bed: According to China Trademark Office’s latest ” Announcement of Trademarks “, the iPad trademark, which used to owned by Shenzhen Proview were formally transferred to Apple on July 27, 2012. And by Chinese Trademark Law, Apple could exercise the exclusive right over the trademark [...]

The Daily Twit – 7/12/12: Classic Confucian Craziness and US-listed Firms Coming Home

July 12, 2012

An extended post today since I missed yesterday for some inexplicable reason (only my therapist knows for sure). Some of these links are therefore from Wednesday. I spent lunchtime today writing a response to one of the nuttiest Op/Eds I’ve ever read. If you have the time, read the following in this order (if you [...]

iPad Trademark Non-News Department: Proview Bankruptcy

June 19, 2012

Just for the record: A court in South China’s Guangdong Province will open a trial tomorrow in a case filed by Fubon Insurance asking the court to begin bankruptcy proceedings against Proview Technology Shenzhen Co, a move that might disrupt Proview’s ongoing litigation with Apple Inc over the ownership of the iPad trademark. Fubon Insurance, [...]