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iPad 3 rumor rollup for the week of Feb. 14

John Cox | Feb. 16, 2012
March Madness is already infecting the iOSsphere in February, as rumors ignite about launching the Next iPad in just three weeks.

iPad 3 to be banned in China

This is a rarity: an actual news story, this one by Rollup's sister news agency, IDG News Service, which reports that the Next iPad is the target of "an ongoing trademark dispute in China, after a little-known Chinese firm said on Wednesday it has filed for a customs ban with local authorities to stop the import and export of the tablet."

A lawyer for the display vendor Proview confirmed the vendor filed the request with China's custom offices, but declined to go into details. "'We feel that Apple is infringing on the iPad trademark,' he said, adding that the company's goal was to stop shipments of Apple's next generation iPad."

The filing is the latest move in the legal battle to determine whether Proview or Apple owns the iPad trademark in mainland China. Last December, a court rejected Apple's claims to the trademark, "putting the company's iPad at risk of further legal action in the country."

The story quotes the Proview lawyer as claiming that "more than 30 commercial regulatory offices in China are investigating Apple's sales of the iPad."

Nothing to worry about here in the U.S., though. Unless the "Boycott the iPhone 5 Until Its Ethcial movement" extends, as it logically and ethically should, to the iPad 3. Not to mention the Next Mac and MacBook.

 

 

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