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UK firm’s role in iPad name row

UK firm’s role in iPad name row

Asian electronics firm Proview has accused Apple of “deception” in the way it acquired rights to the iPad name.

In Californian court filings, Proview claims Apple created a UK-registered “special purpose company”, IP Application Development Ltd (IPADL).

The court papers allege that IPADL said the trademark was needed because “it is an abbreviation for the company name”.

Proview is seeking damages and to void a 2009 deal in which it sold its rights to the trademark for $55,000 (£35,000).

A month after that deal, the court documents note, Apple launched the iPad.

IPADL is also named as a defendant in the case, which represents a new front in a continuing legal battle between the two firms over ownership of the name.

Proview told the BBC the action followed an “extensive investigation”.

Apple has reiterated a statement accusing Proview of refusing to honour the trademark agreement.

Read More/Source: BBC News

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