After getting at least one city in China to seize Apple iPad tablets, Proview has admitted that it will be much harder to get a country-wide import and export ban imposed, a report from Reuters says.
According to the news organization, a Proview official has told them that Chinese authorities have hinted to the company that a ban on the import or export of the iPad in China may be hard to do.
This is because of the sheer size of the market for iPad tablets, Reuters says.
“The customs have told us that it will be difficult to implement a ban because many Chinese consumers love Apple products. The sheer size of the market is very big,” Reuters reports Proview Chairman Yang Long-san as saying.
“We have applied to some local customs for the ban and they’ll report to the headquarters in Beijing,” Yang reportedly told Reuters in a phone interview.
The development comes after Proview has recently said that Apple may pay fines and apologize for using the iPad name in China.
Proview contends that while Apple does own the right to use the iPad name in other countries because of a deal wherein Apple bought the trademark for iPad from Proview in 2005, the agreement between the two companies does not include the use of the iPad name in China.