A US judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought against Apple in a Californian court by Chinese firm Proview over a claim that it had been "tricked" into selling the iPad trademark to Apple, according to reports.
The Wall Street Journal reported that judge Mark Pierce dismissed the case, agreeing with Apple that the two firms had already agreed to attempt and settle all disputes in Hong Kong, as the two firms are also involved in a legal spat over the issue in China too.
The decision was handed down on 4 May but was only disclosed publicly on Tuesday evening.
Apple reiterated its previous comments on the matter, claiming it bought the trademark from the firm fairly and that Proview now refuses to honour that agreement.
"As we recently testified in court, our representatives approached Proview in 2009 and negotiated to acquire the rights to the iPad name including ten trademarks, two of which are registered in [China]," a spokesperson said.
"Proview hadn't used the iPad name for over three years, and after several months of negotiations we reached an agreement."
The WSJ quoted Proview's lawyer, Christopher Evans, as saying that the firm would challenge the order as it believed it was, "not based on the merits of the case".
"We are looking forward to presenting the facts in the case to the appellate court, and we are confident that the facts will show that Apple fraudulently obtained the iPad trademarks," the statement added.
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