Hong Kong Court Sides With Apple, Dismisses Evidence In Proview Case

Hong Kong Court Sides With Apple, Dismisses Evidence In Proview Case

Proviews bid to sue Apple for $400 million just hit a stumbling block.

Proview’s legal battle against Apple over the use of the “iPad” trademark continues to drag on, but things haven’t quite gone to plan for the Chinese company. A Hong Kong court has sided with Apple and agreed that some of Proview’s evidence should be excluded from the case after it failed to comply with the court’s instructions. Proview is yet to decide whether it will appeal against the decision, but with debts of around $400 million, you can bet the company will continue to push for every penny it can get.

The dispute, which began back in 2011, is over Apple’s use of the “iPad” name. The Cupertino company purchased the trademark from Proview’s Taiwanese subsidiary for around $55,000, but its Shenzhen-based arm later agued that it did not formally transfer the trademarks. Apple then sued Proview for conspiring to breach the deal in an effort to secure compensation.

A Chinese court has already ruled against Apple and deemed its earlier deal with Proview as invalid. The Cupertino company reported offered to pay ¥100 million (approx. $16 million) earlier this month, but with $400 million in debts to clear, it just wasn’t enough for Proview and Apple’s offer was declined.

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    I’m still wondering what the Hong Kong courts have to do with the case in Chinese Courts. They aren’t even connected in any way whatsoever. Hong Kong was given till 2042 to use their own Court System based on British created law there. So Beijing PRC Gov and Courts have a hands off agreement keeping the two legal systems separate until then! 

    Basically anything decided in Hong Kong holds absolutely no value on what is decided in Guangzhou courts. Which will be any day now. So the chance that there will be any settlement before then is still up in the air. Where most likely Proview knowing the decision in this case will be decided in China’s PRC Courts and that it’s been leaked it’ll be in Proview’s favor, won’t settle for anything less than enough to at least get them out of debt ($400 Million). 

    If Apple fails to come through with enough up front, they’ll let the Chinese Government handle this, with PRC Court granted injunctions on iPad’s sold in China. Which will go on until Apple decides to pay up. Absolutely no doubt about that!!! …..Apple should just save us all the drama and just make secret agreement for an amount that’s kept private!   

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