Apple Coughs Up Millions For iPad Name In China

Apple Coughs Up Millions For iPad Name In China

Earlier this year, the iPad fell into a legal grey zone in China. A legal brouhaha meant that in some Chinese shops the iPad was yanked from shelves. The reason was that China already had an iPad, and it wasn’t Apple’s.

Years before Apple ever released the iPad, a Chinese company named Proview trademarked the name “iPad” for a computer.

“IPad” stood for “Internet Personal Access Device”, and it was a desktop that looked nothing like Apple’s tablet (see photo).


While the Taipei branch of Proview sold the name “iPad” to Apple, the Shenzhen branch did not. Thus, Proview contested that Apple could not use the name “iPad” in Mainland China, where the iPad is assembled.

Today, China Daily is reporting that Apple shelled out $US60 million to the nearly bankrupt Proview Shenzhen, securing the rights and making Proview no longer nearly bankrupt.

“My biggest wish is to resolve all these frustrating problems and put them behind me,” Proview Shenzhen boss Yang Long-san told Reuters earlier this year. “If we can resolve all the problems we have now and I have a chance to make a comeback, I’d still want to overtake my old competitors.”

Well, thanks to Apple, Proview has $US60 million to do something other than trademark squat.

Apple settles China iPad trademark dispute for $US60m [China Daily]

Top photo: AP


  • Hahahah, so China decides to intervene when one of their trademarks is infringed, yet is quite happy to let rampant trademark abuse occur when it concerns other countries ones.

  • Unbelievable, China copy and violate copyright on pretty much any item you care to mention, from Cars to electronics to clothes. I wonder how the case would have gone if it were the other way around!

    • China’s courts are filled with copy-right violation cases everyday and factories are shut down everyday but their court systems can’t hear a case that doesn’t ‘exist’ thanks to bribery and corruption amongst local officials.

      It just so happens that our wonderfully balanced and unbiased news bureaus feel that only the blatantly ‘get-out-of-jail-free’ examples of copying make it to the headlines.

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