Apple Makes Settlement Offer in iPad Trademark Case, But 'Big Gap' Remains

Xinhua reports on comments from a Proview lawyer claiming that Apple has for the first time put forth a settlement offer in the dispute over the "iPad" trademark in China. The offer came as part of settlement talks suggested by the court overseeing the case.

"We feel that the attitude of Apple Inc. has changed. Although they expressed that they were willing to negotiate, they have never taken any action before. But now, they are having conversations with us, and we have begun to consult on the case," said [Proview attorney] Xie Xianghui in an interview with Xinhua on Sunday. [...]

Xie said the two sides have discussed a compensation package, and Apple Inc. has tabled an amount it thinks appropriate. But the Proview side has not agreed on a deal, and Xie would not disclose the amount of money offered by Apple Inc..

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A settlement offer from Apple does not necessarily mean that the case is nearing a resolution, as Bloomberg notes that a "big gap" remains between Proview and Apple in their expectations of a settlement figure.

“The Guangdong Higher People’s court is trying to mediate this, and both parties are trying to negotiate and come to a settlement,” Xie said. “Right now, there is still a big gap between the two sides on the settlement amount.”

Apple contends that it purchased the Chinese rights to the iPad trademark from Proview's Taiwanese arm in a December 2009 deal encompassing rights in a number of countries and carrying a $55,000 purchase price. But Proview has argued that the Chinese rights were controlled by its Chinese arm and that the Taiwanese unit had no ability to sell them to Apple, despite the fact that corporate officers common to both units were involved in the deal.

Reports on Proview's damage claims have varied, but sources have indicated that the company has been seeking as much as $2 billion in compensation from Apple to turn over the iPad trademark in China.

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Top Rated Comments

NutsNGum Avatar
157 months ago
Apple ought to sue the Taiwanese arm for the value of the settlement for mis-selling them the rights in the first place, then. As essentially they've just given them fifty-five grand for nothing
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nuckinfutz Avatar
157 months ago
Just pay them the money and then raise the price of Macs and other devices in China to pay for it.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
slrandall Avatar
157 months ago
Not in Apple's best interest to have conflicts in China..

More like: Not in China's best interest to have conflicts with Apple.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Joe-Diver Avatar
157 months ago
I'd just pull the iPad from China. Sell it in surrounding markets and make sure the Chinese people know why this is happening.

Business and government are too tightly linked in China. This whole thing is a scam to get money out of Apple. Real shame too as Apple is honestly trying to do fair business in China.

I wouldn't move manufacturing or stop sales of other products....just the iPad....until enough backlash comes at the government and defunct entity ProView from the people. They'll still be able to get iPads.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
charlituna Avatar
157 months ago
PROVIEW claims Apple made an offer.

Doesn't make it true
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
albusseverus Avatar
157 months ago
Extortion, nothing more.

Proview is defunct.

All Chinese companies are Chinese government joint ventures with Taiwanese companies (don't, for a minute, believe the rhetoric). There is no difference here.

It's the price of doing business in China.

If you keep publicly publishing reports that you're cleaning up our working conditions and shaming us with negative publicity, we'll fine you via a dummy company.

And the Western media toadie up to China, making a big deal out of an issue Apple has been quietly dealing with for years, so China can blame Apple !! It's great to see Murdoch et al getting on their knees for their new lords, China.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)