China court rejects Apple lawsuit over iPad name

BEIJING (AP) ? A court in southern China has rejected a claim by Apple Inc. that a Taiwanese-owned company has infringed its iPad trademark, a ruling that could threaten U.S. company’s sales of its tablet computer in the country.

Apple’s Beijing-based spokeswoman Carolyn Wu declined to comment Thursday on the decision by the Intermediate People’s Court in the southern city of Shenzhen.

The court said on its website that it dismissed a lawsuit on Monday by Apple against Shenzhen Proview Technology over the ownership of the iPad trademark.

The court has ruled that the Shenzhen company is not bound by a 2009 agreement that its Taiwanese affiliate made with Apple to transfer the trademarks to it.