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Proview Loses Bid to Ban iPad in Shanghai

Published on February 23, 2012
by John Paczkowski

A major setback for Proview in its battle with Apple over the rights to the iPad trademark in China.

The Pudong District People’s Court has denied the company’s request for an injunction that would have temporarily halted iPad sales in Shanghai.

“We had requested an injunction that would force Apple to stop sales of the iPad on the grounds that they are infringing upon Proview’s trademark, but the court has rejected our request and decided that it will not hear the case,” said Proview attorney Xie Xianghui.

The decision doesn’t end Apple’s contentious battle with Proview, but it’s an important victory for the company, nonetheless. It keeps the iPad on the shelves of Apple’s three flagship stores in Shanghai, and postpones further proceedings until the Guangdong Provincial High Court hears its appeal on the broader trademark dispute. And it sets a tough precedent for Proview, which hopes to squeeze Apple for more money to turn over the China trademark.

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