Chinese authorities have reportedly started pulling out iPad from local stores in China following a trademark dispute between Apple and Proview Technologies, reports a chinese newspaper Hebei Youth Daily.
While there is no confirmation from Apple yet, this confiscation reportedly happened in retail shops and electronic stores in Shijiazhuang city, the capital of North China’s Hebei province and it was prompted by Municipal Intermediate People’s Court in Shenzhen which had rejected Apple’s lawsuit against Proview Technologies in December last year. Proview Technologies had earlier accused the Cupertino giant for infringing iPad trademark in China.
Around 45 iPad 2 units were confiscated from Shijiazhuang market although other reports claim that retailers have hid their stock in their back rooms and selling it to shoppers who ask.
According to MicGadget, Apple could face up to a large fine of up to 30 billion Chinese yuan (4.8 billion U.S. dollars) and they might also be forced to rename iPad in China.