When Is An Apple iPad Not A Genuine iPad? When It's Sold In Mainland China

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omnipc

taste your own medicine Apple! MPAA and RIAA will rue the days when law of unintended consequences come to bite them in the ass from overseas market. US politicians trying to slap anti child pornography measure with SOPA, PIPA, and ACTA is a phony deceptive tactic. What happened to honesty, integrity, and trust?

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AnUnknownSource

So chinese courts have essentially ruled that Taiwan is not part of China? Great... more ambiguity...

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avenger48

Well, since Taiwan ruled that China wasn't part of China in the '60's, not really.

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jonnyohio

ISueU

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ArchStanton

Brad, I hate to point this out... but you really missed a pretty important detail here. Taipei is not a Chinese island, it is a city on the island of Formosa. Most of the world calls this by a the name Taiwan and most of the world agrees that this is a separate country from China. The legal system is of course very different, as is the political system so the whole thing is not very strange or complicated. You refer to the Chinese state media outlet Xinhua and while it is more fair and balanced than your average Murdoch new source, they would of course never use the word Taiwan since the Chinese government officially consider the island part of China and not a separate country. 

Interesting with an American news company calling Taiwan a part of China though. Our new Chinese Overlords will be pleased. :-)

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firefox91

iCommie

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Andacious

iStealOtherPeoplesIdeasAndClaimTheyAreMyOwnThenSueYouIfYouSayOtherwise

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keyzs

iQuit....

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Bad Kharma

That would be poetic justice. You know, in China, Apple doesn't stand a chance of winning. It would be funny to see this other company seize Apple's manufacturing assets in China to pay off the suit. Apple would have to find a new country to build its factories where they can treat their employees so badly that they would prefer to commit suicide than work for Apple. Do you know how badly you have to treat a person in a third world country for them to consider suicide as a viable option??? They are already treated like crap.

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Eoraptor

Apple doesn't have "manufacturing assets" in china, they contract with Foxconn, just like 90% of the computing industry. Apple no more owns Foxconn than GM owns Goodyear.

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jesse_n_sf

iNfringe

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dubcek

Whether they've ever had a product by that name is irrelevant they legally own that name in mainland China end of story.
Apple has to withdraw, rename or settle with Proview, but I'm sure they will try to coerce the courts to side with them.

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praetor_alpha

Holy shit! There's trademark and patent infringement laws in China???? Since when?

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avenger48

I'm going to be really inventive...

我Pad

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johnny3144

that just sounds like "I am scared of it" 

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GenMasterB

I-Ching, easy.. there.. I said it!

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Sodman

the ChiPad

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dalant

uMAD?

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wolfing

it's not a clear thing. See, the old company trademarked the iPad name.  Then, don't know how, some other company bought the trademark from a subsidiary of the old company, and then Apple bought the trademark from this other company and proceded to sue the old company.  Problem is, the trademark belonged to the old company, not its subsidiary (why didn't the 'other company' realize this is beyond me), and now in payback time, the old company is countersueing Apple... BACKFIRE!

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munky101

It is quite clear, Proview is the same company and the trademark was never sold. Apples mistake was that they only bought the rights to Taipei(a small island off the coast of China) not to all of China. It's very specific and very clear.

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munky101

It does indeed sound like payback for Apple and their minions. Especially if you consider all that Apple has been doing to stop samsung from selling their devices in Euope. This isn't very funny I admit, but what about the "MacPad" to go along with their notebook line.

I used to care about what happened to them before they became elitest and started charging $1500 for what amounted to $400 in hardware. Just goes to show you how kharma can be sometimes. Wouldn't it be funny if the Chinese courts sided with the other company and hit Apple with one of those monumental, door closing fines? Not like they are a large employer in the IT world anyway.

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praack

normally I ma not a fan of patent wars - but this is different- I dont doubt that there was a nascent product with IPAD byt he company way back when - and Apple wanted the name in 2009- but looked at China as not being a good market.

Now they figure they can walk over it though they do not have license to do so- insteady of cross licensing or paying for the name- rights

 

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Supall

How about ChiPad?  Or iPoad?  Maybe even iP@d!  Or better yet, they can sell it as i

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Biceps

iPad name for China? here are a couple suggestions:

  • The iPanda
  • The SinoPad
  • The iRonyPad, because you have got to truly love the irony of China enforcing any type of copyright, trademark or intellectual property law. 
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nsvander

I am not an apple fan, but this sounds like a company trying to cash in on someone elses popularity.  Even though Proview owns the trademark, did they have or ever have a product on the market called the iPad?  I mean before Apple came out with the iPad, I had never heard of it, and before this lawsuit was filed I never even heard of Proview.

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EchoFive

ITurd

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vonhulio

Hah!  Talk about "iFail".....

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Eoraptor

maxiPad... they certainly stepped into a bloody mess this time. [rimshot][/rimshot]

 

But in all seriousness, this is like buying the rights to sell "bigmacks" in panama, and then thinking that gives me the rights to sell "bigmacks" in all of south america. Sorry, Taipei and China are not the same, Apple.

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don2041

The ishark because apple is on a sue everybody feeding frenzy.

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methuselah

iMad

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nogdolan

Charma?

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kiaghi7

That's a lot like karma? :D

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Holly Golightly

Gooooooooood!!! Payback is a mofo, that's for sure! I hope they sue Apple and ban all of their products. Finally, another country fighting back against the Apple virus.

As for secondary name. They should use Apple's Apple Tablet. That or the iSlate.

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Joji

I don't get how this article have anything to do with "fighting back against the Apple virus". This article is a bit "different"... is it?

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