APPLE Inc yesterday won a bid in a Hong Kong court to exclude some evidence that was previously filed by Proview International Holdings Ltd, its opponent in a lawsuit over the iPad trademark on the Chinese mainland.
Two expert reports filed by Proview in October failed to comply with Hong Kong court instructions, making the evidence inadmissible in an upcoming trial between the company and Apple, according to a ruling yesterday by Judge Justin Ko. Proview hasn't decided whether to appeal the ruling, Chairman Sun Min said yesterday.
Apple is suing Proview and the Chinese firm's founder Rowell Yang in Hong Kong, claiming they conspired to breach a deal in 2009 over the iPad trademark. The California-based maker of the iPad tablet computer is also in parallel litigation with Proview on China's mainland, where a court has urged the two sides to settle the dispute.
In November, a Shenzhen court ruled that Proview's unit in the city owned the iPad trademark on the mainland as Apple's deal in 2009 to acquire the rights to the name was invalid.