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Why is Apple's iPad trademark running into trouble in China?

Posted on Wednesday March 28, 2012

Apple, Inc. is currently in a dispute with Hong Kong-based Proview Holdings Ltd. who claim that they, and not Apple, own the name "iPad" and therefore, Apple is not allowed to sell its iPads in China under that same name.  As the number of Chinese intellectual property laws increase and Chinese companies become more savvy about protecting their IP rights, does this mean trouble is brewing for foreign companies hoping to exploit the lucrative Chinese markets?

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Comments on 'Why is Apple's iPad trademark running into trouble in China?' (2)


I think foreign companies are in trouble. You can see that the number of non practicing entities is growing ( and especially in China a lot of patents are registered which they often only use to lincence or to sue companies with.

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