Apple and China-based graphic display maker Proview squared off in a Shanghai court Wednesday, as the battle over the use of the "iPad" trademark continued to heat up in China. Apple argued before the Shanghai Pudong New Area People's Court that banning sales of the iPad would not be in the best interest of China's economy.
"Proview has no product, no markets, no customers and no suppliers. It has nothing," Hu Jinnan, a lawyer representing Apple, told the court. "Apple has huge sales in China. Its fans line up to buy Apple products. The ban, if executed, would not only hurt Apple sales but it would also hurt China's national interest."
A ruling from the court is expected soon.
Proview has been claiming that it owns the rights to the "iPad" trademark in Chin and that Apple has been using it illegally. Apple contends that it paid for the use of the trademark through a deal with Proview's Taiwanese subsidiary. Proview says that transaction was "unauthorized."
On top of all this drama, Apple this week threatened to sue the company for defamation, saying that it has issued false and misleading statements to the press.
We will continue to follow this story as it develops.