Apple Pulls iPad From Amazon China

In a follow-up to developments reported earlier today, two top online shopping sites in China have removed the iPad from their web pages at Apple’s request until a trademark battle between the iPad maker and Chinese company ProView is settled.

While authorities have indicated that they are “unlikely” to ban sales of the iPad, ProView contends the tech giant does not have rights to use the name in China and has had some success at seizing iPads for sale there.

A complete ban on iPad import or export, as ProView is demanding, would amount to a global ban since the majority of iPads are made in Shenzen by Foxconn. ProView also wants a $1.6 billion payment for use of the name “iPad” in China.

A district court in the country has held that ProView owns the rights to the name, but the company has fallen on hard times and is seen to be betting on the court case to save it from bankruptcy.

Both Amazon China and a Chinese site called Suning Tesco have removed references to the iPad from their webpages. The request from Apple is similar to its quick compliance with a court order in Germany that temporarily barred the sale of the iPhone and iPad over 3G patents there until the company was able to get the order reversed hours later.


Source: Digg

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Pakistani Politician Rally Draws Thousands

Thousands of supporters rallied Sunday behind cricket star-turned-politician Imran Khan, who said he wanted to root out corruption and ensure rich and poor alike prosper in Pakistan. The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (Movement for Justice) party rallied in Karachi, where Khan, 59, said he wanted to make economic and tax reforms.

Standing with him amid party banners and Pakistani flags were career politicians who recently switched to Khan’s party.  Speaking in cricket terms, Khan said, “One more wicket fell today — as Pakistan People’s Party member Sardar Assef Ahmed has joined the PTI.” Ahmed is a former minister of education. Khan said if elected prime minister next year, he would bring a team that would help transform Pakistan into a welfare state and ensure equality.

Khan also is an opponent of U.S. drone strikes in his country. The opposition politician also spoke of agricultural reforms, promising free seeds and discounted fertilizer for farmers. Khan said a Chinese company wanted to bring a $19 billion dollar investment to Pakistan, but did not because of concerns over security.

Although he appears to be gaining traction, Khan’s party has seen little success in the past. During previous parliamentary elections, Khan’s party failed to win any seats; many within the country have referred to him as a man who changes positions.

Pakistan’s next national elections are in 2013.