A California judge has dismissed Proview’s lawsuit against Apple that claimed the iPad make had defrauded the company to obtain the trademark.
In February, bankrupt Chinese electronics manufacturer Proview filed suit against Apple for billions of dollars in damages over supposed deception the company had used in obtaining the iPad trademark. This was a completely separate matter from the cases in China where Proview says Apple doesn’t even own the trademark, but somehow in the United States it is more about deception.
Apple filed to have the case dismissed, and according to The Wall Street Journal, Judge Mark Pierce in the Superior Court of the State of California in Santa Clara County did just that on May 4. The order was only made public yesterday, but it seems he did not see any merit to the case.
Christopher Evans, a lawyer for Proview, has released a statement saying that the ruling “was not based on the merits of the case.” He went on to add, “We are looking forward to presenting the facts in the case to the appellate court, and we are confident that the facts will show that Apple fraudulently obtained the iPad trademarks.”
Things are not going as well for Apple in the Chinese version of this case, so we’re sure they going to enjoy what every victory they can get, no matter how short lived it may be.
[via The Wall Street Journal]