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
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.
Last week, we had a group of Chinese IP officials visiting Fordham – from Chinese Customs, a local Administration for Industry and Commerce and the Supreme People’s Procuratorate – it was a perfect combination of officials to ask about the Apple / Proview case from the perspective of different Chinese government agencies, other than the courts. Continue reading
As the mainstream media in the United States continue to pick up on the few ongoing trademark disputes in China, the attention to foreign companies’ trademark troubles build. In an effort to have a constructive overview, the AP collected comments from a number of experts, including Professor Cohen. The article was published today and has been distributed by a number of outlets. We hope that there will be more productive and objective coverage like this.
The ongoing trademark dispute between Proview and Apple, which has now reached Apple’s home state of California, continues to draw attention around the world. A court in Pudong, Shanghai refused to grant the injunction against sales of iPads, while Huizhou intermediate court has granted such an injunction. An appeal from the first judicial decision from the Shenzhen Intermediate People’s Court, which was adverse to Apple, to the Higher People’s Court of Guangzhou has just been heard, a ruling at this level is usually final in China. The Chinese central government has, thus far, properly abstained from declaring a position in this dispute and it is too early to tell whether Supreme People’s Court will hear a further appeal.