Artemisia Ng in Hong Kong and Melanie Lee in Shanghai:
A Chinese tech firm claiming to own the “iPad” trademark plans to seek a ban on shipments of Apple Inc’s computer tablets into and out of China, a lawyer for the company, Proview Technology (Shenzhen), said on Tuesday.
It’s a boring legal dispute, but imagine the repercussions of Proview winning this.
- No one would be getting iPads — the import and export will be blocked.
- Foxconn workers would be laid off.
Basically this is more than just not being able to buy an iPad, or seeing iPad delays — it would have a huge impact on the Chinese work force and one of the largest employers: Foxconn.
Should be interesting to watch.
(Apple, of course, says they already own the trademark from Proview.)