原文标题：Apple pays $60 million to settle iPad trademark dispute
SHANGHAI: Apple has paid $60 million to Proview Technology (Shenzhen) to end a dispute over the iPad trademark in China that saw the world's most valuable technology company engaged in a protracted legal tussle with a near-bankrupt Chinese firm.
The announcement of the court-mediated settlement was made on the website of the Higher People's Court of Guangdong province.
Apple and Proview Technology (Shenzhen), a unit of Hong Kong-listed Proview International Holdings, have been negotiating to reach a settlement since the Higher People's Court of Guangdong in February conducted a crucial hearing on the case.
The case moved to the high court after the Intermediate People's Court in Shenzhen rejected Apple's complaint against Proview Technology over the infringement case.
The lawsuit had hampered some sales and delayed the launch of the new iPad in China. Prior to the launch, Proview requested Chinese authorities in scores of Chinese cities to order re-sellers to take all iPads off their shelves.
The iPad dominates China's tablet PC market with a more than 70 per cent market share, though Lenovo's Lepads and Samsung Electronics's Galaxy Tabs have been gaining traction.
Apple is experiencing heady growth in Greater China - China, Hong Kong and Taiwan - with second-quarter sales in the region increasing several fold to $7.9 billion.
Amaresh Babu (Bangalore)
Everyone wants a bite of the Apple.
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my lord (india)
poor apple !!
The amount Apple is gladly paying out in all these disputes makes me wonder the percentage profit they get...
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Neeraj Kumar (delhi)
seems this days apple is blocking every thing which is coming in his way,
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Nikki Punjabi (Vadodara, Gujarat, India)
Apple killing everyone coming on his way..!!!
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This how apple creates a near monopoly aided by a nearly perfect product.
nomen de conta ? 3 hrs ago
Doing business in China is a dead-end street.
Joseph 2 hrs 52 mins ago
Unfortunately, China happens to be Apple's No.2 market globally, and all those iPads, iPods, iPhones are assemblied in China.
Truth ? 2 hrs 51 mins ago
Apple needs to just go out of business and disappear. Overpriced junk.
Luke ? 2 hrs 48 mins ago
So a chinese company steals their logo or whatever, sells knockoffs, and Apple has to pay them $60 million to so that Apple can be the only ones to use their own trademark? That is business in China. And yes I have been there and seen the rip off stores first hand, in Beijing, Kunming, and Lijiang...great athletic stores like 'Jodan' and cars like 'GLC'. All they do is copy us, zero innovation over there.
sonicfast ? Los Angeles, California ? 2 hrs 33 mins ago
Apple could've gotten around this trademark issue just by re-branding the tablet.
Call it the "cHINA sUCKS" just in China
Chu ? Santa Clara, California ? 2 hrs 29 mins ago
Just call it iPet in China. That's it.
denny ? 2 hrs 20 mins ago
US doesn't want to lose the huge market of china, what with a billion population. This is plain and simple blackmail done by the chinese again. It's a pity apple has to give up the case in the name of profit.
Sick of ? Columbus, Ohio ? 2 hrs 46 mins ago
WHAT ???? APPLE HAS TO PAY THE WORLD'S WORST COUNTERFEITERS ??????
Franco III ? Los Angeles, California ? 2 hrs 45 mins ago
ogre ? Seattle, Washington ? 2 hrs 37 mins ago
nothin like makin money the old fashioned way...stealing it
Impaler ? 2 hrs 37 mins ago
Im glad...thats what happens apple when you sell your soul to china
pl ? 2 hrs 35 mins ago
basically, apple has purchased the company to own to patent.
jason bourne ? 6 mins ago
A Chinese company suing someone else for trademark violations? That's rich. China needs to sue themselves.
Nick Danger ? 1 hr 10 mins ago
Its such irony to hear that Apples settles an trademark infringement lawsuit in a country that is known to turn the other cheeks when it comes of copyright violations. I went to China a few times, it's the capital of knock offs and fake branded products
galiano ? Los Angeles, California ? 1 hr 16 mins ago
i ate apple every morning because its good for health .
James ? 1 hr 52 mins ago
When you see "Made In China" The first thing I think, Is it going to kill my child if he touches it? is it going to kill my child if he swallows it and how long before it falls apart if he wears it.
Copyright is a word that does not exist in a chinese world.
Samson ? 1 hr 59 mins ago
$60 million is nothing for Apple. They should had paid out more!
Decomo ? 2 hrs 17 mins ago
the people that stand in line to get one of the first Apple's whatever products have been brainwashed by Apple to believe that paying $5 for something that's worth $1 is the right thing to do.
Bob ? Libertyville, Illinois ? 2 hrs 20 mins ago
The Chinese suing somebody over trademark violations? Wow.
G ? 2 hrs 20 mins ago
Since when does China care about trademarks or copyright? Their GNP is counterfeit sunglasses, purses, guitars etc.
Derek ? Cleveland, Ohio ? 2 hrs 20 mins ago
don't forget, shoes, DVDs, Movies, Baby Formula, Super Notes....
dw ? 2 hrs 40 mins ago
A Chinese company stealing the name from Apple, registering it, then suing and actually getting money. Of course the Chinese courts are going to side with it, but let foreign companies sue in China for theft of copyrights, trademarks, etc and they get nowhere. The west is too addicted to cheap Chinese imports and the prospect of selling things to China to dare do anything about it.
Rudy ? Ljubljana, Slovenia ? 2 hrs 42 mins ago
$60 million? Pocket change... (for Apple that is).
lutraphobic ? Union Grove, Wisconsin ? 3 hrs ago
well that just cost apple 120,000 ipads or selling 240,000 at production cost.
BACK OFF!!! ? 3 hrs ago
Apparently that's the only way the Chinese can make any sort of money since they lack the intelligence & creative abilities to invent anything!
Angry Pig ? Irvine, California ? 3 hrs ago
Apple, a huge global firm has only its lawyers to blame when they bought the rights of iPAD all over the world, but failed to miss 1 country, China, its fastest growing market. $60 mil is chump change for this mistake.
Chris ? Intercourse, Pennsylvania ? 3 hrs ago
One dollar is only 6.35 yuan? When I was there two years ago it was over 7. That's a big difference.
Refuse ? 3 hrs ago
PRC- People's Replica of China, Or Pirates Replica of China, Or People's Republic of Cheaters.
American Citizen ? 3 hrs ago
60 million could pay for a whole lot of food for starving people in China and the USA; when is this madness ever going to end :-(