China bureaucrat: iPad trademark belongs to Proview

An official at the National Copyright Administration says the Chinese government regards Shenzhen-based Proview as the rightful owner of the trademark for Apple's tablets.

Apple's third-generation iPad.
Apple's third-generation iPad. Josh Lowensohn/CNET

Apple may risk losing the right to use iPad trademark in China, as a Chinese court seeks to mediate a settlement between the technology giant and local company Proview Technology challenging the use of the iPad name.

According to the Associated Press today, Yan Xiaohong, deputy director of the National Copyright Administration, told reporters in Beijing that the Chinese government regards Shenzhen-based Proview as the rightful owner of the trademark for Apple's tablets.

"The dispute between Apple and Shenzhen Proview concerning the iPad trademark is going through the judicial process," Yan reportedly said in a news conference carried on the Internet, but added that according to the Chinese government's law, Proview is "still the lawful representative and user of the trademark."

Read more of "China official: Proview owns iPad trademark" at ZDNet Asia.

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