Apple in court over iPad

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 23 May, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 23 May, 2010, 12:00am

Apple has tried to secure its claim on two mainland iPad trademarks after the company holding them denied it was auctioning them off and a manufacturer alleged the California-based company had infringed its patents.

Apple and a company called IP Application Development filed their claim in the Court of First Instance last week against Proview International Holdings; its chairman and CEO, Rowell Yang Long-san; Proview Electronics Co; and Proview Technology (Shenzhen) Co. The two are demanding that Proview, a Hong Kong-listed display devices producer, stick to an agreement under which it said it would assign two mainland-registered iPad trademarks to IP Application Development, and that it not sell them to anyone else.

Mainland laptop manufacturer Shenzhen Great Loong Brother Industrial Co has claimed the iPad infringes its patents and said it will attempt to purchase the trademark from Proview or work with it to produce the tablets in China, media reports say. The iPad is not available on the mainland yet. It will be available in Hong Kong in July.

A media report suggested Proview would auction the iPad trademark last month, but the company refuted those rumours. Apple and Proview could not be reached for comment.