From the article:
“Apple meticulously formed a band of lawyers to buy the trademark, but the transacted amount was given to Taiwan’s Proview, not Shenzhen’s Proview,” Proview’s attorneys told the court, adding that the iPad trademark therefore still belongs to Proview’s Shenzhen unit, its claimed original owner.
The problem with that argument, as Apple’s legal team was quick to point out, is that negotiations over the iPad trademark were authorized by Rowell Yang, chairman of Proview Shenzhen, and the actual transfer agreement was signed by Ray Mai, head of Shenzhen’s legal department.
Proview’s explanation for this according to its lawyers: “Personnel may have multiple roles or titles within the group, but the question is in what capacity were they acting?”
- This appeal has nothing to do with Proview's new lawsuit in the US which argues that Apple engaged in Fraud to obtain the iPad trademark.
- I'm not sure how anyone following this can think that this is anything other than a shakedown by a cash-strapped corporation.