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Apple’s Efforts To Settle iPad Trademark Dispute With Proview Not Looking Good

by on May 7th, 2012

It has previously been speculated by analysts that Apple might eventually lose the iPad trademark to Proview Technology in China, who is already battling Apple in a Chinese court over the disputed trademark. Since Proview wanted an out-of-court settlement instead, which usually involves the payment of compensation, Apple has reportedly offered an undisclosed amount of money to resolve the legal case as part of the mediation process. However, Roger Xie, a lawyer for Proview, has said that a “big gap” still remains with Apple despite the company’s compensation offering to settle the dispute.

According to Bloomberg’s report:

“The Guangdong Higher People’s court is trying to mediate this, and both parties are trying to negotiate and come to a settlement,” Xie said. “Right now, there is still a big gap between the two sides on the settlement amount.”

Carolyn Wu, a spokeswoman for Apple in Beijing, declined to comment on Xie’s remarks. Apple has said it acquired the rights to the iPad trademark in China from a Proview sister company in 2009 and that the company has refused to honor that agreement.

Proview, the Hong Kong based maker of computer displays, has also filed a separate complaint alleging that Apple’s sale of iPad tablets in the country infringed intellectual- property laws.

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