Last week we reported that Shenzhen-based company, Proview Technology has filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against Apple, claiming that the company owns the iPad trademark in China.
Chinese authorities have begun to confiscate iPads from retail stores and electronic stores, and retailers are removing the devices from their stores in order to prevent their stocks from being seized, states a recent report from the China Daily.
China.com.cn states that as of 5:00 PM yesterday authorities had seized 45 iPad 2 units from retailers, in Shijiazhuang, capital of Hebei province, but it’s not clear whether the anti- Apple campaign has been adopted in other parts of the nation.
Proview Shenzhen registered the trademark ‘iPad’ in China in 2001, nine years before Apple launched its iPad products in 2010. Apple had applied for the transfer of the trademark from Proview Shenzhen, but the application was turned down by China’s trademark administrative authorities.
Proview Technology has made a complaint to the Beijing Administration for Industry and Commerce, and filed a lawsuit in three courts – Shenzhen Futian District People’s Court, Huizhou Municipal Intermediate People’s Court and Shanghai Pudong New Area People’s Court. The company is hoping to get $1.6 billion in damages from Apple.