February 20, 2012

Chinese Court: Stores Should Stop Selling iPads

Christian Zibreg, writing for 9 to 5 Mac:

“According to a Hong Kong court ruling from last July, Apple founded a United Kingdom-based company to snap up rights to the iPad trademark in various markets without revealing Apple was the purchaser.

However, a mainland China court ruled in December that Proview was not bound by that sale, opening doors for Proview to threaten a country-wide ban on iPad imports and exports in China.”

A Hong Kong court has upheld Apple's purchase of the iPad trademark, but the mainland China court has not. That begs the question, how many Chinas are there?

The mainland Chinese government has been quick to claim 'one China' in matters related to Taiwan since that province became a haven for Nationalist partisans.

Britain relinquished sovereignty over Hong Kong in 1999, creating a second Taiwan-like region where Chinese hegemony is in doubt. One would think that, as with Taiwan, the mainland Chinese government would be quick to enforce the Hong Kong court's decision across all of their 'one China.'

Here's a way to a quick solution: should a US State Department official openly wonder at how in the court's view there are apparently two Chinas, mainland and Hong Kong, the mainland government would quickly intervene and end this ridiculous two-court, two-China dispute.

Or maybe there are multiple Chinas.