According to Chinese language news blog Tech iFeng (translated with Goggle Chrome), Shenzhen-based Proview Technology is getting help from local authorities to enforce a ban on iPad sales in Shijiazhuang.
Proview Technology is in the middle of a trademark dispute with Apple computers. This dispute first began in 2010, when Apple filed a complaint against Proview over rights to the iPad name. In 2011, the Shenzhen Intermediate People’s Court sided with their own, denying Apple’s claim.
Proview Technology subsequently fought back, filing a complaint against Apple. A hearing, set to take place on February 22, will decide whether Apple should pay Proview $1.6 billion in infringement fines because the latter claims to have had ownership of the iPad name since 2001.
According to Tech iFeng, although the case is still pending, Proview Technology has filed a request with the Beijing Administration of Industry and Commerce (AIC) that would allow for a fine against retail stores and distributors of iPads in the District.
Enforcement of the ban has already been reported in Shanghai, Shenzhen and Jiangsu. Gao Wei, vice captain of the Economic Inspection Brigade told reporters that the department had received a letter from Proview with proof of ownership of the iPad name and asked for immediate investigation of shops selling the tablet and enforcement of a ban. Gao Wei said that those infringing on the trademark will have their goods confiscated and suffer a fine of an undisclosed amount. Yesterday, the Economic Inspection Brigade raided seller’s shops and seized 45 Apple iPad 2s.