Not so many people know but a small company called Proview (China) owns the trademark to “iPad” in China, something they registered in 2000 and boy do they want their cut! In what can only be called “an attempt to force an expensive out of court settlement” Proview is pushing for a country wide ban on the import/export of Apple’s tablet and since the iPad is made in Shenzen/China, such a ban would disturb global shipments. While Chinese Intermediate People’s Court has rule that Proview is the rightful owner of the name “iPad” in China, Customs officials are worried that a ban would be harder to implement that Proview would like, mostly because the iPad is so loved in China.
“The customs have told us that it will be difficult to implement a ban because many Chinese consumers love Apple products. The sheer size of the market is very big,” Yang Long-san, chief of Proview Technology (Shenzhen), told Reuters in a telephone interview on Wednesday.
To make things even more interesting, Proview is extremely close to bankruptcy and could be pushing hard against Apple – for dear life. It has been rumored that Proview wants $1.5 Billion from Apple, just for the use of the name “iPad” in China. Good luck with that.