What’s the difference between an iPad and an iPAD? In China, the answer could be $2 billion and a major headache for Apple Inc.
The technology giant says that it purchased the iPad trademark rights for 10 countries from Proview International Holdings Ltd. in 2009. But Proview says that the trademark rights, which Apple purchased for £35,000, do not apply to mainland China. The electronics company, which manufactured a computer known as the Internet Personal Access Device (iPAD), is now seeking to ban all imports, exports and sales of the Apple iPad in China.