Following a claim earlier this week that Apple had made its first settlement offer to Proview in the ongoing dispute over the "iPad" trademark in China, The Next Web now points to a report from Sina.com [Google translation] claiming that Apple's offer amounted to 100 million yuan, equivalent to $16 million.

proview logo
That marks a substantial increase over the $55,000 purchase price in the original deal between Proview's Taiwanese arm and a dummy corporation set by Apple to acquire the trademark in a number of countries. Proview later claimed that the Chinese rights to the trademark were owned by its Chinese subsidiary and that the Taiwanese arm consequently could not have sold them to Apple.

Proview has been seeking as much as $2 billion in its lawsuits against Apple over the trademark, but today's report notes that Proview has gone bankrupt with $400 million owed to its creditors, speculating that that amount would be the minimum it the company would accept from Apple. It seems extremely unlikely that Apple would increase its offer to that level, and so it remains to be seen how the talks and court case will play out.

Related Roundup: iPad
Buyer's Guide: iPad (Buy Now)
Related Forum: iPad

Top Rated Comments

CylonGlitch Avatar
123 months ago
So it's ok for a company to violate trademarks in your opinion?

Nick, if you read all of the documentation on the court case, you'll quickly see that it is not really about trademark violation but did Proview lie about what they were doing. There is a lot of shady stuff going on from the Proview side, and I couldn't find anything on the Apple side that looks "shady" besides using a shell company to buy the iPad name. And this really isn't my opinion either, if you read the ruling from the HK court, you'll see that they found that not only does Apple own the Trademarks that they legitimately purchased, but that Proview IS acting in a very deceptive manor and in a potentially criminal way.

Quick synopsys of what's going on :
[LIST=1]
* Apple Shell company wants to buy iPad trademark from Proview for the HK, Taiwan, and China markets.
* Apple contacts Proview-China and makes an offer that they initially accept.
* Proview-China says they don't own the rights to it, Proview-Taiwan does. (Email paper chain shows this)
* Apple makes arrangements with Proview-Taiwan for all three licenses, and gets them signed off by Proview-Taiwan by (I think the authorization was signed by the CEO or someone on the board of directors).
* Proview transfers rights to Apple . . . except for an issue with the bankruptcy court in China.
* Later Proview-China claims that Proview-Taiwan didn't have the rights to sell of the trademark.
* The person in Proview-Taiwan who authorized the sale of the Proview-China trademark ** IS ** the Proview-China CEO (he has multiple roles within the Proview organization).


That Last bullet point is the real kicker. The same guy who has the authority in two different divisions to sell the iPad trademarks, sells it from one division and then claims that HE shouldn't have sold it from the other.

Sorry, it's extortion at it's finest.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
surf2snow1 Avatar
123 months ago
That's $16 million too much.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
parish Avatar
123 months ago
Apple shouldn't pay this. They should just rename the iPad in China to iPaid (with the second 'I' in pale grey) :)

BTW, the main cause of the fall of the Roman Empire was that, lacking a 0 in their number system, they had no way to indicate the successful termination of their C programs :p
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Rocketman Avatar
123 months ago
Apple is not a welfare state to save Proview from itself.

BTW it is Proview claiming there is a $16m offer on the table, not Apple.

Apple can go to the bankruptcy judge, point out the lawsuit has large fixed costs to persue and uncertain benefits if they even prevail which is unlikely given the existing rulings in Taiwan and California, and buy the asset of the trademark and lawsuit for $0.50 on the condition Apple does not seek legal costs from the bankrupt estate so what few actual assets that do exist go to the top of list secure creditors. The downside is there could be a ruling of fraud, priority payment of damages as a penalty, and the BK estate could be further diminished for valid secured creditors.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
BornAgainApple Avatar
123 months ago
Give 'em an inch, they'll take a mile ;)
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nagromme Avatar
123 months ago
Give 'em an inch, they'll take a mile ;)

Exactly. They’ll be back in six months saying “Apple KNEW they were paying us $16 mil for nothing, and they willfully kept using the iPad trademark anyway! Seize all iPads! We demand 25% of Apple profits as is our right! We created the iPAD name when we made our iMac clone and iPAD was the closest Apple-rip-off we could come up with! And once we have our 25%—make that 50%—then THIS time, we will honor our original deal. Simon says!”
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Top Stories

beats updater

Apple Officially Retires Beats Updater Utility in Favor of Over-the-Air Firmware Updates

Wednesday September 30, 2020 2:30 am PDT by
Apple has officially retired Beats Updater, the software utility that lets users update the firmware of their Beats Wireless headphones, earphones, and speakers. Beats Updater allows users to plug their Beats product directly into the USB port of their computer to check for firmware updates online, but with Apple's growing tendency to deliver over-the-air updates to wireless products via iOS ...
calculatorapp

iOS 11 Bug: Typing 1+2+3 Quickly in the Calculator App Won't Get You 6

Tuesday October 24, 2017 2:03 pm PDT by
A bug in the built-in Calculator app in iOS 11 is getting some major attention this week, despite the fact that it's been around since iOS 11 was in beta testing. At issue is a calculator animation that causes some symbols to be ignored when calculations are entered in rapid succession. You can try it for yourself: Type 1+2+3 and then the equals sign into the Calculator app quickly. Due to...
iPhone 13 Dummy Thumbnail 2

Kuo: iPhone 13 to Feature LEO Satellite Communications to Make Calls and Texts Without Cellular Coverage

Sunday August 29, 2021 7:39 am PDT by
The iPhone 13 will feature low earth orbit (LEO) satellite communication connectivity to allow users to make calls and send messages in areas without 4G or 5G coverage, according to the reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. In a note to investors, seen by MacRumors, Kuo explained that the iPhone 13 lineup will feature hardware that is able to connect to LEO satellites. If enabled with the relevant...
studio buds family

Beats Studio Buds Debuting Today With Active Noise Cancellation, Stemless Design, and More for $150

Monday June 14, 2021 8:00 am PDT by
We've seen a lot of teasers about the Beats Studio Buds over the past month since they first showed up in Apple's beta software updates, and today they're finally official. The Beats Studio Buds are available to order today in red, white, and black ahead of a June 24 ship date, and they're priced at $149.99. The Studio Buds are the first Beats-branded earbuds to truly compete with AirPods...
original iphone

Phil Schiller Says iPhone Was 'Earth-Shattering' Ten Years Ago and Remains 'Unmatched' Today

Monday January 9, 2017 7:15 am PST by
To commemorate the tenth anniversary of the iPhone, Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller sat down with tech journalist Steven Levy for a wide-ranging interview about the smartphone's past, present, and future. The report first reflects upon the iPhone's lack of support for third-party apps in its first year. The argument inside Apple was split between whether the iPhone should be a closed...
m1 imac orange

New iMac Tidbits: Headphone Jack on Side, Ethernet Port on Power Adapter, Spatial Audio and WiFi 6 Support, No SD Card Slot

Wednesday April 21, 2021 6:38 am PDT by
Apple yesterday announced a completely redesigned 24-inch iMac with the M1 Apple silicon chip. The new iMac, the first major redesign of the Mac desktop computer since 2012, has several changes compared to the previous generation. In the aftermath of the event, a few new features and tidbits may have slipped under the radar, so we’ve compiled this list of some of the less-talked-about...
General Apps Messages

Android iMessage Competitor Puts Pressure on Apple

Friday July 30, 2021 3:15 am PDT by
Google and the three major U.S. carriers, including Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile, will all support a new communications protocol on Android smartphones starting in 2022, a move that puts pressure on Apple to adopt a new cross-platform messaging standard and may present a challenge to iMessage. Verizon recently announced that it is planning to adopt Messages by Google as its default messaging...
affinity designer contour tool

Serif Updates Affinity Photo, Designer, and Publisher With New Tools and Functions

Thursday February 4, 2021 1:58 am PST by
Serif today announced across-the-board updates for its popular suite of Affinity creative apps, including Affinity Photo, Affinity Designer, and the Apple award-winning Affinity Publisher for Mac, all of which were among the first professional creative suites to be optimized for Apple's new M1 chip. "After another year which saw record numbers of people switching to Affinity, it's exciting to...
iPhone 13 Dummy Thumbnail 2

Full iPhone 13 Feature Breakdown: Everything Rumors Say We Can Expect

Tuesday August 31, 2021 7:50 am PDT by
With the launch of Apple's iPhone 13 lineup believed to be just a few weeks away, we have compiled all of the coherent rumors from our coverage over the past year to build a full picture of the features and upgrades coming to the company's new smartphones. For clarity, only explicit improvements, upgrades, and new features compared to the iPhone 12 lineup are listed. It is worth noting that...
qualcomm snapdragon x60 5g

iPhone 13 Lineup Expected to Use Qualcomm's Snapdragon X60 Modem With Several 5G Improvements

Wednesday February 24, 2021 8:10 am PST by
Apple's next-generation iPhone 13 lineup will use Qualcomm's Snapdragon X60 5G modem, with Samsung to handle manufacturing of the chip, according to DigiTimes. Built on a 5nm process, the X60 packs higher power efficiency into a smaller footprint compared to the 7nm-based Snapdragon X55 modem used in iPhone 12 models, which could contribute to longer battery life. With the X60 modem, iPhone...