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Chinese city seizes Apple iPads in name dispute

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Apple: how about re-naming your product "AiPad" exclusively for the Chinese market. That should skirt the issue, shouldn't it?

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Pot calling the kettle black...

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So according to China, Proview China is not bound by a 2009 agreement under which Proview Taipei sold theipad trademark to Apple 2009. So how can China continue claiming that Taiwan is a "part" of China? No country loves to mix politics with business like China. Let the world be forewarned.

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"Pot calling the kettle black..."

Are you saying that Proview bought a name off of an Apple affiliate, and the Apple head office continued to use it? Or are you trying to insinuate that all Chinese are the same?

This all hinges on if the affiliate had the right to sell the name for purposes of use in mainland China. I have no idea, but it will be interesting to see what happens.

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Reverse the name and call it DAPi

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Parasitic capitalism.

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What a shocker! I can't wait to see this play out. Apple will end up paying a healthy tribute to their mob bosses in China, of course. They need all the slave labour there to keep producing their wares.

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China proves just how good a first world leader it is ready to be, once again.

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Well, it looks like it's time for Apple to move manufacturing out of China. Stop selling all products in China and HK and go to the World Trade Organization. Apple should stop manufacturing in China for some many reasons. Yes, it cheap to get things built there but you will also get your technology stolen. To do any kind of manufacturing in China is to commit corporate suicide. It's taking daily poison until one day....

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I think this is a type of "cyber squatting" aimed at squeezing foreign companies. They will grab anything, such as ancient place names in Japan like 陸奥 (Mutsu) or modern place names like 博多 (Hakata), which don't exist in China. Even the Chinese characters for Mt. Fuji have been registered as a trademark by a company in China, so Japanese exporters can't use it there.

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Steve Jobs has passed away. Apple will be lucky if it can continue to hold on to it's market share in the coming years. The truth is coming out. Shady high tech facade sweat shops have got to close. Apple might have to hire the people that bought their products at a much higher salary.

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This week, Steve Jobs was given a Grammy Award for his contribution to the music industry.

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what a genius u are kachan, and u dont think theve weighed the pros and cons of ur argument. thats it, i nominate u as ceo of apple inc. and the best part is, uve already got 2 votes!

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What a load of craap coming from a Chinese company. But it's Ok for Chinese to counterfeit everything? Gotta wave the BS flag on this.

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Reminds me a bit of what happened to the Victor corporation and their trademark, His Master's Voice. It is an interesting story and is related to the modern JVC corporation; you can read about it on Wikipedia.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His_Master%27s_Voice

Every industrializing country goes through its period of being the bully in the sandbox, and China is no exception; it had better learn how to share better, though, or it will find others have taken their toys along with them as they've left.

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hahaha, Apple could not create a name by themselves

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Lots of nonsense comments here. The article doesn't give any details about the contents of the contract between Proview Taiwan and Apple regarding mainland China and whether Proview Taiwan was owner of the rights at all. Yet everybody jumps to conclusions quickly...

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What originality comes out of China? everything is copied..

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I remember seeing Idumpling (I'm not kidding either) when I was in China.. maybe they were referring to that..

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Also trust the government to be supporting localized garbage

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The only intellectual property China will ever protect is Chinese intellectual property.

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If that moron has his way, Apple may have to change the ipad name for the Chinese market.. Nintendo set a partnership business in China but does not trade under the Nintendo trademark brand but under IQue http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IQue

Some foreign companies had to bow down to trade under different names

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I read that Apple filed a complaint with the gov.t over working conditions at their assembly plant.,Hmmmmm,,,,

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Definition of Oxymoron: Chinese intellectual property

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"AiPad"

The love-Pad. Nice.

The funny thing is, if the stores aren't allowed to sell the devices, the people who want to buy them will force the issue. Middle class Chinese want cachet goods. The vast majority are not going to settle for a third-rate devices. That's not to say there isn't a market for such --just that there is a sizable amount of people in China who want genuine versions of things, rather than the knock-offs, as it allows them to impress or fit in with their peers.

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Or they could also just buy it off the Apple Japan site.

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What originality comes out of China? everything is copied..

Everything in the world was originally invented in China. 5000 years ago. The rest of the world is just copying Chinese products. Just like China has owned all of Asia for thousands of years.

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Everything in the world was originally invented in China. 5000 years ago.

Including the integrated circuit, LCD display, computers, programming languages, etc. All Chinese.

I think everything being discussed in this thread has more to do with the communist government of the last 60 years than the dynastic monarchy from the 5,000 years before that, don't you?

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Apple gets hoist upon their own petard. To the company that will sue anyone trying to use their products in a manner they haven't first sanctified, a bit of karma is delivered.

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Proview is making a desperate move. They are $500 million in debt and close to bankruptcy and they are trying to blackmail Apple. Apple will play hardball. Good for them.

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