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Chinese Banks Reportedly Claim to Own iPad Trademark
The banks, which apparently want Apple to pay them off, include the powerful Bank of China and China Development Bank

It was just a matter of time before this elephant stomped into the room.

The big Chinese banks that Proview Technology Shezhen - the Chinese company that claims to own the iPad trademark - owes a pot full of money to claim they relieved Proview of the Chinese rights to the mark in early 2009 when they seized its assets. That was nine months before Apple says it bought the trademark off a supposedly authorized Proview (Taiwan).

This message comes from a consulting company called Hejun Vanguard Group that claimed to speak for the banks in an e-mail to press.

The Wall Street Journal said it couldn't reach bank officials to verify Hejun's story.

The banks, which apparently want Apple to pay them off, include the powerful Bank of China and China Development Bank as well as a half-dozen others tight with the Chinese government.

Reportedly their negotiations with Apple are separate from Proview's.

Meanwhile, Proview Shenzhen has reportedly issued an open letter to Chinese iPad sellers threatening severe legal repercussions. The letter was picked up by local papers.

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