iPhone Belts? iPhone Flashlights? iPad Concrete? Oh China.

China's Proview is taking Apple to court over the iPad moniker. While that looks to be one of Apple's biggest legal headaches in China, it's not its only one: Chinese companies are using patent law right and left to create a whole host of iPhone and iPad products.

These products could ultimately dilute the iPad brand in the Mainland and confuse consumers.

According to China Daily, 39 Chinese companies have tried to register "iPhone" and "iPad" trademarks in categories Apple has not. Six of these companies even got preliminary approval.

"Apple objected to our application on the last day of the three-month disclosure," said Xu Jie, a lawyer representing flashlight manufacturer Cai Zhiyong. The company is attempting to register the iPhone trademark for flashlights and wants "to share the benefits of iPhone's fame."

Another company, a belt and hiking shoe company, also received preliminary approval for iPhone trademark use. The application is now being disputed and pending final approval. A company that makes concrete and floorboards is attempting to secure the iPad trademark for its industry.

Apple failed to register trademarks in all of the country's 45 commercial categories — a practice other international companies follow. Apple registered the iPhone in 14 categories, and the iPad is only nine.

Don't blame these Chinese companies for trying — blame Apple for not covering itself.

Experts say Apple has trademark weakness [China Daily]

Top photo: AP

Comments

    I still blame China. After all it's not like anyone is forcing them to blatantly copy Apple's branding to deceive the general population. In an ideal world companies wouldn't have to protect themselves.

    China clearly needs a "Don't be an asshole" policy. They know they're trying to deceive people by using their names...

    Realistically, if Apple wanted to do it right, they should have registered iPhone and iPad worldwide before actually trading these items. I hope Apple lose this one just to show them they don't own the world

    Although I'm a super Chinaman, I don't apporve of what these filthy businessmen are doing. These Chinese punks don't deserve to call themselves Chinese. They're making the country look bad.

    Is this really patent law? Seems more like trademark law. Then again, I have no points allocated in my Lawyerism tree.

    If it really is patent law, through it's stupidity and ridiculousness it would be a sweet demonstration of how insane everyone is being by suing everyone else for patent infringement.

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