GUANGZHOU, China – Apple's battle with Proview over the iPad trademark in China continues to drag on, with no end yet in sight.
It has been a little over three months since Apple appealed to the Higher People's Court of Guangzhou a lower Chinese court ruling that found it erroneously purchased the iPad China trademark from a Proview affiliate that did not have the right to sell it.
But the Higher People's Court is withholding judgment on the case because its two players are in mediation talks.
Proview, Apple's cash-strapped opponent, is looking for a big payout from the Cupertino, Calif., company of $1.5 billion -- enough to appease its creditors.
Apple does not want to pay anything close to that, arguing that it already legally purchased Proview's worldwide rights to the iPad trademark in 10 different countries, China included. And it has a fair bit of evidence to back it up.
Among the documents supporting Apple's claim -- a Dec. 23, 2009, contract signed by a Proview representative, stipulating that the company will transfer to Apple all rights, "powers and benefits belonging or accrued to the [iPad] trademarks, including the right to sue for past infringements and passing off."