Fresh details of the subterfuge emerge in a U.S. lawsuit. Apple doesn't deny any of it.
Here's how Apple (AAPL) allegedly got Proview International Holdings to sell them the iPad trademark 35 days before Steve Jobs unveiled the device at a San Francisco press conference.
These details -- some familiar, some fresh -- come from a Proview press release issued Monday. It describes an amended complaint filed in a California federal court that is charging Apple with "fraud by intentional misrepresentation, fraud by concealment, fraudulent inducement, and unfair competition."
Reached for comment, Apple denied none of the details in the complaint. Rather, it issued the same statement it's been giving out for nearly a week:
"We bought Proview's worldwide rights to the iPad trademark in 10 different countries several years ago. Proview refuses to honor their agreement with Apple in China and a Hong Kong court has sided with Apple in this matter. Our case is still pending in mainland China."
The irony is that Proview is trying to get a U.S. court to nullify an agreement that it claims in Chinese courts never existed -- namely the one that Apple says sold them the rights to the iPad trademark in mainland China.
Proview's press release has answer for that:
"The legal questions and remedies in the China and U.S. lawsuits are separate and distinct and have no bearing on one another."
In a fractious four-hour hearing, both sides were admonished by the judge
The world's most valuable company and a troubled Chinese electronics manufacturer that's about to be delisted from the Hong Kong stock exchange unless it can come up with some cash squared off in a Shanghai courtroom Wednesday.
At stake: the trademark for Apple's (AAPL) iPad, the most successful new electronics gadget since, well, the iPhone.
Apple claims it bought worldwide rights MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Feb 22, 2012 6:32 AM ET
Accuses a Chinese company of lying and threatens to sue its chairman for defamation
Following a legal setback widely trumpeted in the Chinese media but dismissed by AllThingsD's John Paczkowski as the equivalent of "a court telling your local RadioShack to stop selling iPads," Apple (AAPL) has delivered by e-mail and courier a stern letter to Rowell Yang, chairman and CEO of the bankrupt company that claims to own the Chinese MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Feb 20, 2012 5:03 PM ET
A firm with the same name has filed an infringement suit in an Arizona federal court
Given what a stickler Apple (AAPL) is about protecting its trademarks (viz. its battle with Amazon over the phrase "app store") you might think its lawyers would have done a thorough search on the term "iCloud" before Steve Jobs started waving it around like a banner for the post-PC future.
If they did, they failed to MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 10, 2011 4:20 PM ET
It opened Tuesday, despite the trademark infringement suit Apple filed on Friday
[UPDATE: Sometime after 7:00 a.m. EST, the Amazon Appstore went live. Looks like Apple will have to go back to court and start specifying those unspecified damages it was seeking.]
Okay. It's Tuesday morning, and according to the New York Times, Amazon is supposed to enter the mobile app business today with a splash -- giving away a free copy MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 22, 2011 6:13 AM ET
The plaintiff's original trademark, Android Data, was also canceled.
Imagine Paul Specht's surprise and delight in 2008 when Google (GOOG) announced that it would be calling its new phone operating system "Android" (Google bought Android in 2005, Andy Rubin bought the domain years earlier). Specht previously had a company called "Android Data" a decade ago, which at the time he trademarked with the USPTO. The trademark was granted in 2002.
But 2002 was the MORESeth Weintraub - Dec 22, 2010 9:14 AM ET
Assigned by Fujitsu -- which had claimed ownership -- in the nick of time
According to records received by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on March 17, 2010, Fujitsu Frontech North America has formally assigned whatever interest it had in the name IPAD to Apple Inc. (AAPL).
And not a moment too soon, given that Apple started taking pre-orders for a tablet computer by the same name five days earlier. The MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 26, 2010 5:37 PM ET
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