Judge throws out Proview’s US iPad case
A California judge has thrown out a lawsuit in which the Chinese firm Proview accused Apple of tricking it into selling the “iPad” name for less than it might have been worth.
Proview, which is also suing Apple in China over alleged illegal use of the iPad name, filed a lawsuit in California Superior Court earlier this year, saying the US consumer electronics company deceived it by purchasing the rights to the name through a special-purpose company set up to hide Apple’s identity.
Judge Mark Pierce dismissed the case, agreeing with Apple’s argument that the two parties had agreed to settle any disagreements in Hong Kong.
Apple says it bought ownership of the trademark in various countries from Proview, once a global monitor maker, but the Chinese company argues that the US firm dealt with only one unit of Proview and that it retains rights to the iPad name in China.
An Apple spokeswoman reiterated the company’s previous statement that Proview is “unfairly trying to get more from Apple for a trademark we already paid for”.