iPad Trademark Non-News Department: Proview Bankruptcy

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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,…

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Apple vs. Proview: Media Reports Fictitious Settlement Progress

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Just in case you read about this in either Xinhua, Global Times or China Daily, please do not think that anything has actually happened in the iPad trademark dispute, or at least anything that can be verified. Here’s what was reported: Pragmatic progress has been made in the dispute between Proview Technology (Shenzhen) and Apple…

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Proview Liquidation Not Going Forward, Says Shenzhen Court

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Not a big surprise with the contract dispute against Apple pending in Guangdong’s High Court, so this is just FYI: A Chinese court on Saturday blocked a request to liquidate the financially ailing Proview Technology (Shenzhen), a decision that leaves doors open for the company to continue its lawsuit against Apple Inc. over the use…

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Apple vs. Proview Getting Pythonesque

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“Let’s not bicker and argue about who killed who.” The Holy Grail or the iPad trademark dispute? Hard to tell, really. The AP has the latest on the out-of-court verbal jousting: In its latest statement on a simmering dispute over the iPad brand name, Apple Inc. said Tuesday that Proview Electronics’ insistence that it still…

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Apple vs. Proview: Shanghai Court Punts

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That was quick. My original guess was that the court in this case would just sit on a decision and wait. Instead, but to my mind equivalent in the short term, the court said it would not rule in favor of Proview’s request to stop iPad sales. OK, the headlines today said that Apple “won”…

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Apple Not Losing Sleep Over Latest Proview Threat

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Proview, current owner of the iPad trademark in China, now says it will sue Apple in the U.S. Ha! I think the Proview legal team needs to take a deep breath here. They are going with the old strategy of “Let’s throw as much shit against the wall as possible and see what sticks.” That…

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

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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…

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Piss-poor Media Coverage of Malicious Trademark Registration Rules

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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,…

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