Apple pays $60 million to settle iPad trademark dispute

Settlement with Proview Technology gives Apple naming rights to iPad in China

Apple Inc. will pay $60 million to settle a trademark dispute that threatened to block the sale of iPads in China.

The U.S. company’s opponent in the case was Proview International Holdings Ltd., a Hong Kong-based electronics manufacturer that previously had designed a computer known as the Internet Personal Access Device (iPAD). In 2009, Apple reportedly paid Proview’s Taiwanese affiliate $55,000 for the global rights to the iPad trademark, but Proview’s Shenzhen subsidiary, Proview Technology, claimed that the Taiwan unit could not sell naming rights for mainland China.

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