Producer Proview in China File a lawsuit in the usagaint Apple over the iPad trademark. In China there is already a lawsuit against Apple over the use of the name iPad. The Chinese manufacturer is suing Apple for $1.6 billion in damages and for the unauthorized use of the trademark.
The lawsuit, which was filed in the Superior Court of the State of California in Santa Clara County on Feb. 17, but previously unreported, claimed that Apple had committed fraud when it used a company set up by one of its law firms, called IP Application Development Ltd., to purchase the iPad trademark from Proview on Dec. 23, 2009 for 35,000 British pounds ($55,000).
Proview’s point of view?
In emails seen by The Wall Street Journal, a representative purportedly of IP Application Development told Proview that it wanted to acquire the iPad name because it was an abbreviation of its company’s title, and that its future products wouldn’t compete with Proview’s products.
Proview accuses Apple of creating a special purpose entity — IP Application Development Ltd, or IPAD — to buy the iPad name from it, concealing Apple's role in the matter.
In its filing, Proview alleged lawyers for IPAD repeatedly said it would not be competing with the Chinese firm, and refused to say why they needed the trademark.
Those representations were made "with the intent to defraud and induce the plaintiffs to enter into the agreement," Proview said in the filing dated February 17, requesting an unspecified amount of damages.
According Proview this is enough reason for the right to the trademark of Apple iPad to grab.
This requires a new lawsuit in the United States. There are already several cases in China. In a case to determine who exactly has the trademark over the iPad.
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