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The Intermediate People's Court in Huizhou, China has ruled in favor of banning Apple distributors from selling the iPad. A local LCD maker named Proview sued Apple over the Cupertino-based company's use of the "iPad" trademark in the country, but Apple says it already owns the rights to use the name in China.

"We bought Proview's worldwide rights to the iPad trademark in 10 different countries several years ago," an Apple spokesperson told the AP on Monday. "Proview refuses to honor their agreement with Apple in China and a Hong Kong court has sided with Apple in this matter." Proview has maintained that it registered the iPad trademark in 2001 and has the intention of selling a "Internet Personal Access Device."

Just last week Chinese customs officials suggested that a ban on the iPad would be tough to enforce due to the sheer popularity of the device. The case against Apple is still pending in mainland China, the AP said, and Apple has appealed earlier suits that have also ruled Proview's favor.

[via the Associated Press]