IP Suits Continue to Pursue Apple

by Jae Zhou with the assistance of Mark Cohen

Before their iPad trademark dispute was even settled in July of last year, Apple was confronted with another IP related dispute in China. On June 21, 2012, Shanghai Zhi Zhen, an Internet Technology company brought a claim of invention patent infringement against Siri, the voice-activated personal assistant feature available on iPad and iPhones. Shanghai No. 1 Intermediate People’s Court held a pre-trial hearing on the case on March 27, 2013 and the trial date has been set for July 2, 2013. Continue reading

USPTO and SAIC Engagement on IP Issues

From Director’s Forum: David Kappos’ Public Blog:

On Sept 10, 2012 the USPTO was privileged to host Minister Zhou Bohua and his senior delegation from the State Administrative for Industry and Commerce of China (SAIC) of the People’s Republic of China. Minister Zhou, visited us for about four hours, as part of a stopover en route to a meeting in Brazil. This was likely the first time that a Minister from SAIC has visited USPTO. Continue reading

Proview and Apple Settle: What Does It Say about IP and Rule of Law in China?

According to the press reports, Apple and Proview have recently settled their dispute over ownership of the iPad mark for 60 million USD (See http://apnews.myway.com/article/20120702/D9VOHLB00.html).  The news has even made it to the blogosophere (see http://www.chinahearsay.com/), and the iPad name is being assigned to Apple.

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