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Proview Electronics sues Apple for fraud, unfair competition

2012/02/28 17:19:28

Hong Kong, Feb. 28 (CNA) Taiwan-based Proview Electronics announced Tuesday that it had filed an amended lawsuit against Apple Inc. in the California Superior Court for allegedly obtaining the iPad trademark through fraud and unfair competition.

The company, which manufactures LCD monitors in China's Shenzhen City, said in a statement that it has provided information to support its claims that Apple has engaged in deceptive practices.

In the original lawsuit filed Feb. 17, Proview accused Apple of concealing its real intentions when purchasing the trademark Dec. 23, 2009, and deceptively lured the Taiwan company into signing the contract, which, according to the Taiwanese company, makes the contract invalid.

According to an article in eWeek, a weekly computing business magazine, Proview said that Apple originally purchased the trademark for another entity named IP Application Development Ltd. (iPAD), but later used the trademark for its popular tablet.

Should the contract be declared void because of Apple's deception, the rights to the iPad trademark in the European Union, South Korea, Mexico, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam will be given to Proview, the company said.

(By Stanley Cheung and C.J. Lin)