AppleInsider reports today that Chinese firm Proview has had some success in its current trademark dispute with Apple, by winning a ruling from the Intermediate People’s Court in Huizhou, China, which told distributors to stop selling the iPad. AppleInsider says that it is not yet known how this ruling will affect the dispute, adding that no official ban has been placed on the sale of the iPad in China yet, although some local authorities in China have seized up to 45 iPads. The whole affair is very legally complex, with Proview already having one decision in its favour under appeal in Guangdong, and a previous Hong Kong court ruling in favour of Apple also in play. Basically, Proview is demanding $38 million from Apple, as well as an apology, in compensation for Apple, according to Proview’s allegations, using the iPad name illegally in China, having obtained it surreptitiously via a UK proxy firm IP Application Development. If this drags on too long or starts to affect how Apple does business, it might make Apple consider taking their manufacturing to a different country altogether.
Source: Lower Chinese court rules to halt iPad sales