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.
A Chinese court said it is pushing for settlement talks between Proview and Apple in the ongoing "IPAD" trademark dispute. But Apple is not likely to bow down to such demands.
It says China-based Proview routed the iPad name deal through a Taiwan subsidiary to raise questions over the trademark's ownership.
Chinese company claims Apple committed fraud when it acquired the iPad trademark from one of Proview's subsidiaries in 2009.
Grandall Law Firm, which represented the Chinese company in its action over the iPad trademark, sues for its 4 percent of the $60 million settlement.
The two companies seem willing to settle their iPad trademark dispute but remain far apart on a settlement price.
The company's chief executive, Yang Long-san, says he just wants to resolve "all the problems" his company is facing, ostensibly including its trademark battle with Apple.
A lower court says Apple will be allowed to sell the iPad around Shanghai, but similar attempts to ban the device are being brought to other courts around the country.
The company is pushing for a settlement in the "IPAD" trademark dispute with China-based Proview, according to a Chinese government newswire.
Local decision not expected to have wide-reaching effect. Meanwhile, Apple reportedly threatens defamation lawsuit against Proview.