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Apple Threatens to Sue Proview for Defamation — Read the Letter

Proview’s legal battle with Apple over the iPad trademark grows more inane by the day.

This morning, the bankrupt company said it won a ruling from People’s Intermediate Court in Huizhou barring Sundan, a Chinese electronics retail chain, from selling iPads. But the decision applies only to Sundan’s Huizhou branch. So it’s not exactly a broad-reaching victory.

Essentially, it’s like a court telling your local RadioShack to stop selling iPads.

Meanwhile, Apple, which insists it purchased the iPad trademark in China from Proview years ago, is threatening to sue the company for defamation, alleging its founder, Yang Rongshan, has made false and misleading statements against it.

“It is inappropriate to release information contrary to the facts to the media, especially when such disclosures have the effect of wrongfully causing damage to Apple’s reputation,” said a letter to Yang. “Making misrepresentations in the press to inflame the situation is adversely affecting the interests of the parties in seeking any resolution of the matter. On behalf of Apple, we formally reserve all rights to take further legal action against any individuals and entities for any damages that may result from defamatory statements and unlawful actions intended to wrongfully interfere with Apple’s business and business relationships.”

Proview did not respond to a request for comment.

The letter in full, below:



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