Chinese court rejects iPad ban

by Jeff Hargarten


A Chinese court has blocked efforts to stop sales of Apple Inc.’s iPad in Shanghai due to a trademark dispute, The Wall Street Journal reported.

The Pudong District People's Court rejected a request by Hong Kong-based computer monitor manufacturer Proview International Holdings Ltd. to halt sales of the iPad, a name the company has used since 1998.

The court is awaiting other court proceedings taking place in southern China based on the same case.

Apple claims to have purchased the rights to use the iPad name from Proview in 2009. Hong Kong courts initially sided with Apple, but mainland Chinese courts rejected the company’s claims, forcing an appeal.

If Proview win the case, iPads could be pulled from the shelves in China, a financial blow to Apple.