Proview seeks export ban on the iPad -

Apple may have some difficulty getting its iPads out of China after the firm that owns the iPad trademark will seek a ban on exports of the product from behind the bamboo curtain.

Proview Technology won a court case in which it claimed to have invented the name "iPad" long before Jobs' Mob thought of it.

Now it is seeking an export ban on the product until Apple changes the name or pays it a large amount of money .

Proview is petitioning Chinese Customs to stop shipments of Apple's iPads in and out of China. Since all Apple gear is made in China, an export ban from that country would cripple the sale of iPads completely.

Lawyer Xie Xianghui told Asian Legal Business he is yet to hear back from Chinese Customs about the ban.

Apple said it bought Proview's worldwide rights to the trademark in 10 different countries several years ago but forgot to buy the rights for the trademark's use in China.

But what seems to have have happened is that Cupertino mistakenly bought rights from the wrong Proview subsidiary and it is going to cost it a lot of money.

Apple has appealed the decision and a final hearing is due to start in the southern Guangdong High Court on 29 February. This court's decision will be final under the Chinese legal process.