Proview lawsuit over iPad name thrown out by California judge

Chinese company Proview has had its case against Apple case of iPad trademark infringement dismissed by a California judge.

Proview claims Apple deceived it by purchasing the rights to the name through a front company.

Proview believed taking the case to California might prove wise, but after the judge's ruiling it's clear the company was mistaken.

Proview is having more luck suing Apple in China over alleged illegal use of the iPad name and the Californian court case was really a side issue. If it had won it would have caused Apple a huge legal headache.

According to Bloomberg, Judge Mark Pierce dismissed the case, agreeing with Apple's argument that the two parties had agreed to settle any disagreements in Hong Kong.

Apple told the court it bought ownership of the trademark in various countries from Proview but the Chinese company argues that the US firm dealt with only one unit of Proview and it retains rights to the iPad name in China.

Apple insists that Proview is "unfairly trying to get more from Apple for a trademark we already paid for."