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Surprise — Proview’s Ready to Talk Settlement With Apple

Proview's Shenzhen Headquarters

Proview, the bankrupt company embroiled in a pitched battle with Apple over the Chinese rights to the iPad trademark, says it’s willing to negotiate out of court to reach a settlement. On the eve of a hearing that would determine whether or not an injunction against iPad sales in Shanghai is upheld, lawyers for the foundering Chinese company indicated it was looking for a deal.

“We are now preparing for negotiations,” attorney Xie Xianghui told the AFP. “The court cases will continue until we reach an agreement.”

Thing is, Apple contends an agreement was reached years ago, when it first purchased Proview’s worldwide rights to the iPad trademark in 10 different countries, and it has a fair bit of evidence to back it up. Among the documents supporting Apple’s argument — a Dec. 23, 2009 contract signed by a Proview representative, stipulating that the company will transfer to Apple all rights, “powers and benefits belonging or accrued to the [iPad] trademarks, including the right to sue for past infringements and passing off.”

Given this, is Apple even open to an agreement with a company it claims is not only reneging on an agreement, but smearing it in the media in the hopes of squeezing it for a chunk of go-away money?

Let’s just say Proview might want to lower its hopes a tad.

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