Proview files suit against Apple in U.S. court
By Hayley Tsukayama,
Proview, the Chinese electronics maker that is suing Apple over the trademark to the iPad, has apparently taken its legal battle to U.S. court. A report from the Wall Street Journal found a previously unknown lawsuit between Apple and Proview filed in California’s Santa Clara Superior Court on Feb. 17.
Apple purchased the trademark through a subsidiary called IP Application Development. According to the Journal report, Proview is accusing Apple of fraud, saying that the representatives it negotiated with claimed that they wanted the “IPAD” trademark because it was an abbreviation of the company name.
Apple and Proview could not immediately be reached for comment.
On Thursday, a Shanghai court suspended its decision in a dispute between the two companies, saying it will wait for a higher court to rule on the case. Lower courts have sided with Proview in the past, and the Guangdong High Court will begin its hearing on the matter Feb. 29. The suspension means that Apple can continue selling the iPad in area stores.
Elsewhere, Apple has also run into some problems in Germany, where the company has been forced to disable push e-mail service because of patent litigation with Motorola Mobility. A court ruled this month that Motorola Mobility, which is in the final stages of being acquired by Google, holds a patent on push e-mail.
Apple has had to disable the feature for those using the push feature for MobileMe and iCloud e-mail, though users will still be able to access their messages. A spokesperson told TechCrunch that the company plans to appeal the decision.