A Chinese court has rejected a trademark infringement case filed by Apple alleging that a Chinese company is infringing on the iPad name, the Southern Metropolis Daily reveals.
According to a report from the newspaper on Tuesday, a court in Shenzhen, China rejected Apple’s suit claiming that Proview Technology was infringing on the iPad name.
The court has ruled that Proview has registered the iPad trademark it uses as far back as 2000.
Proview’s registration for the iPad name included its use in many territories including China, the newspaper reported basing on court files it uncovered.
Observers note that Apple using the iPad name in China is critical for the consumer electronics giant.
China is an emerging market for devices and Apple has had success with its products in the country. Nonetheless, there is much more potential for growth in China.
The decision by the Intermediate People’s Court in Shenzhen also strengthens Proview’s case against Apple as the Chinese technology company is reportedly seeking about $1.5 billion in damages from Apple for infringing on its trademark of the iPad name.