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Apple wins Shanghai battle to keep selling the iPad in flagship stores

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By Noel Young, Correspondent

February 23, 2012 | 2 min read

Apple has won an important round in its fight to prevent a trademark dispute removing its iPad from the shelves of its three flagship stores in Shanghai, China's biggest city.

A big win for Apple

A Shanghai court has rejected a request by Chinese technology firm Proview to stop the tablet's sales. Proview claims it owns the iPad trademark in China .

The Shanghai Pudong New Area People's Court ruled in Apple's favour according to a report on the website of local official newspaper Xinmin Evening News.

China is a huge consumer market, for Apple but the country also make most of the world's iPads.

The victory follows defeats for Apple in smaller Chinese cities which led to iPads being seized by authorities, and some shops stopping sales under court order.

Apple disputes Proview's ownership of the trademark, saying it bought the rights to the name in China from Proview in 2009.

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