The trademark for the name ‘iPad’ in China isn’t owned by Apple, and the company is currently engaged in a lawsuit with Proview, who own the trademark in China.
Proview sold a number of ‘iPad’ trademarks to Apple in other countries, although they maintain that they never sold the trademark to in China, and it could end up costing Apple around $38 million.
Proview are waiting a decision from the court in China to see whether the $38 million fine will be awarded against Apple, the fine was put on hold last year as Apple were appealing the decision.
“Proview made a formal complaint to the Xicheng administration in 2011 and they had planned to slap Apple with a 240 million yuan ($38 million) fine, but it was suspended after Apple’s objections,” said Xie Xianghui, a lawyer from the Shenzhen branch of Grandall Law Firm.
It will be interesting to see what the outcome of this is, as it could end up costing Apple a lot more than $38 million for using the iPad name in China.