Well originally I thought Proview was trying it on, but now it seems that Apple really went through a charade creating a company called IP Application Development Limited. Certainly I don't think iPad shipments should be stopped, but certainly Apple need to hold their hand up and be ready to part with some money for their deception.
Wow Apple, you guys were assholes even over the iPad name before you owned it. Bought it under some seriously questionable circumstances too. Hope that Apple loses this one here in the USA. Would be nice to see something that allows me to have at least some measure of faith in the corporate legal systems.
[citation][nom]bunnywanny[/nom]Apple could always threaten China: "If you don't f@*! off, we will export manufacture jobs to some other country that worships us!" I wonder what would Steve Jobs do?[/citation]
your reading it wrong?
Look at all the sharks (haters) circling around thinking they smell blood.
Nothing will come of this. Apple did nothing illegal. Imagine a real estate agent negotiating to buy a house on behalf of a celebrity. They don't need to tell the seller who's buying the house. All they need to do is agree on a price and finish the transaction.
This is common in business. Proview will get nowhere. They are a bankrupt company grasping at straws to extort money from Apple. They thought Apple would cave in and pay up, but they were wrong.
Should Best Buy mark up all of their TVs if Derek Jeter walks in? He can surely afford to spend $500k on a TV that is normally $1k, but I think if they did that, he'd also send in someone to buy the TV for him...
There is no need for Proview to know who was buying the name, but if IP Application Development Limited did miss represent that the company was not going to compete and that was included in the agreement then there is a problem. It all comes down to the legaleze and none of us have seen the contract. As the saying goes "The Devil is in the Details"
Apple using deceptive business practices buy lieing about the use of IPAD for a falsely generated company known as IP Application Development? Never, not Apple. Not a $500 billion dollar company with IP practices to remove competitors that think they own the rights to smartphones and tablets. They would never try to look to make more money with deception.
Taxes are a different animal. The US gov't "needs" $3T per year, which is ~$15k per working person. Probably half the people couldn't pay $15k per year and still survive, so they pay between less and nothing. The 'haves' cover their bit.
But, we're not talking about funding a government. We are talking about one company or individual selling a good or service to another company or individual. When you walk into Best Buy, they don't ask for your W2 and then set prices accordingly.
I'm not saying I think that making a fake company and saying the name was for them isn't a deceptive practice -- but in an environment where a company with a name worth $20k is going to sell it to you for 1000x as much based on your income, well there are some deceptive thigns you have to do then.