Chinese Ban on iPad Almost Impossible, Say Officials
It is becoming increasingly less likely that the Chinese company seeking an import and export ban on the iPad in China isn't going to see its request met. As MMi previously reported, Proview - which claims to be the rightful owner of the iPad trademark in China - is seeking to have all imports and exports of the Apple tablet banned in the country.
But it doesn't look like that's going to happen, chiefly because of how difficult it would be to police that arrangement.
"The customs have told us that it will be difficult to implement a ban because many Chinese consumers love Apple products. The sheer size of the market is very big," Yang Long-san, chief of Proview Technology, told Reuters Wednesday. "We have applied to some local customs for the ban and they'll report to the headquarters in Beijing."
Earlier this week, lawyers for Proview Technology said they were moving full steam ahead in their case against Apple, which - if successful - could amount to huge financial losses in China where the iPad is a red hot commodity. Amidst the legal skirmish, authorities in some Chinese cities have already "ordered retailers to stop selling Apple's iPad due to the dispute."
So although this case may still have some legs - and a long way to go - it remains doubtful (if not logistically impossible) that the flow of iPads in and out of the world's most populous nation could somehow be comprehensively restricted.