By now, most of you are likely familiar with the ongoing legal battle between Apple and Proview over the iPad trademark. Much of the dispute has unfolded in or around China, but in February the monitor-maker brought its fight Stateside.

In the lawsuit, filed in Santa Clara California, Proview alleged that Apple committed fraud when it used a dummy corporation to purchase the iPad trademark, thus making the deal void. But this California judge doesn’t want to hear it…

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Judge Mark Pierce of the Superior Court of the State of California in Santa Clara County has approved a motion filed by Apple on May 4th to dismiss Proview’s lawsuit.

“After proview took its legal case to the U.S., Apple argued for the case to be dismissed on the grounds that the parties had agreed to settle any legal disagreements in Hong Kong.

Judge Pierce upheld that view, writing that Proview failed to provide evidence that the selection of Hong Kong was “unreasonable or unfair,” according to a copy of that order.”

Of course, Proview can, and will, appeal this decision. So it’s not over yet. But for the time being, it looks like Apple’s iPad trademark troubles will remain on the Asian continent. And things are starting to improve on that front as well.


  • i like apple very much

  • I really hope Proview wins.

    • tim

      I agree with ya there pal. it seems apple expects the courts to rule in their favour. I wonder it apple threw any $$ at this judge!

      • apple is run by arrogant liberals, i wouldn’t be surprised if they did.

  • Ignacio Irigoyen

    In my opinion Proview is wrong here, if you sell something you can not ask for more money just because what you sold is making money now. You sold it, deal with it.

    As for not knowing that it was selling it to Apple, if they are saying that they would have asked for more money if they know it was Apple, it is reasonable that they use a dummy company to buy the ipad trademark, to have a fair price for something and not just get stolen for having money

    • you got a point, besides with the secrecy standards at apple, its very likely to argue how they did it to keep it in secret.