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By Sean Fraser     Feb 15, 2012 in Technology
A rather messy trademark infringement lawsuit over the name "iPad" has forced Apple to remove their iPad from being sold online in China.
Apple has asked Amazon China to pull the iPad from their site until the legal case is taken care of, reports Gizmodo. Apple is currently in a legal struggle with a company called Proview, which owns the Chinese tradmark for the "iPad" name.
Proview was once a leading manufacturer of monitors until the 2008 financial crash hurt their business. The company has been trying to get all imports and exports of the iPad stopped, but authorities state that the ban is too difficult to impose considering the sheer popularity and number of iPads in the country. Am export ban would certainly spell danger for Apple, as China is one of their largest manufacturing bases. Roger Xie, the lawyer representing Proview, says, "We will be asking commerce departments of more cities to investigate and deal with the case accordingly."
The fiasco began when Apple sued Proview for the use of the name "iPad" and lost, even though Proview had sold the rights to the name to Apple in 2009. The Chinese Administrations of Industry and Commerce then began making stores pull the iPads off the shelves.
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