Company claiming iPad trademark sues Apple in US

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SHANGHAI (AP) — Apple Inc. is facing yet another challenge to its use of the iPad trademark in China — this time in a court in California.

A Proview Electronics Co. spokeswoman said Friday that the company filed a lawsuit against Apple’s use of the trademark inside mainland China in the Santa Clara Superior Court on Feb. 17.

An attempt by Proview to win an injunction to stop Apple from selling iPads in Shanghai was foiled this week when a court there rejected the case pending the resolution of a similar lawsuit in a higher court in China.

Apple had no immediate direct comment on the California lawsuit.

The companies are feuding over whether Proview sold the mainland Chinese rights to the iPad trademark to Apple in a 2009 deal.

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SHANGHAI (AP) — Lawyers say a Shanghai court has suspended proceedings in a lawsuit by a Chinese electronics maker against Apple Inc. over use of the iPad trademark in China.

A lawyer representing Shenzhen Proview Technology, Ma Dongxiao, says Thursday that the court stopped proceedings, citing a pending case on the trademark fight in a higher court.

The Guangdong High Court is due to hear an appeal by Apple on Feb. 29. against a lower court decision that favored Proview.

A lawyer for Apple likewise confirmed the Shanghai court decision.

Proview was seeking an injunction to stop Apple from selling iPads in Shanghai.

The companies are feuding over whether Proview sold the rights to the mainland Chinese iPad trademark to Apple in a deal in 2009.