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  • 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.

    Source: Reuters
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Chinese Ban on iPad Almost Impossible, Say Officials started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 8 Comments
    1. rocky5's Avatar
      rocky5 -
      So essentially Apple are now immune to the law/patent/trademark?

      This can't be, it can't be one rule for one company & another for the rest.
    1. KraXik's Avatar
      KraXik -
      Quote Originally Posted by rocky5 View Post
      So essentially Apple are now immune to the law/patent/trademark?

      This can't be, it can't be one rule for one company & another for the rest.
      This is China we're talking about. Everything there is fake or copied.
    1. RandyTG's Avatar
      RandyTG -
      Technically it would only be an export ban since iPads are made in China and there would be no need to import them from themselves. You also have to look at the fact that the iPad had been around for two years now and the complaint is only now be filed. They want the money from a potential settlement.
    1. scroogelives's Avatar
      scroogelives -
      Apple have already made a deal and paid this lot but they must have realised it was too little and now out for more!
    1. teej1410's Avatar
      teej1410 -
      Oh no, Apple is already getting too big to be contained!!!!!!!!!! In china at least.
    1. keenpois0n's Avatar
      keenpois0n -
      so because it's hard to police..let's just forget about it. looks like piracy will be legal in china soon enough, if it's not already. that's not a way to end a case. 'you win, but it's too hard to stop it..so effectively you dont win'
    1. davidmjw's Avatar
      davidmjw -
      I think it says "claim" to own? ...in China this is a very grey area in which many Chinese companies have flagrantly copied every marque in the world. This is a money move.

      Quote Originally Posted by rocky5 View Post
      So essentially Apple are now immune to the law/patent/trademark?

      This can't be, it can't be one rule for one company & another for the rest.
    1. domenicp's Avatar
      domenicp -
      Quote Originally Posted by keenpois0n View Post
      so because it's hard to police..let's just forget about it. looks like piracy will be legal in china soon enough, if it's not already. that's not a way to end a case. 'you win, but it's too hard to stop it..so effectively you dont win'
      This not the case in China... If they want to ban they can still cause a lot of damage to Apple without being 100% effective. This is more a case of a company (Proview) saying "Hey your product is red hot now and we regret selling you the rights to the name, but we're going to sue you anyway and hope you settle so that we can cash in on your success".