According to the online edition of the China Business News, iPads were taken off shelves and seized in Zhengzhou, Qingdao, Shijiazhuang, and Xuzhou.
The Diyi Caijing Daily reports that two major shopping malls in Xujiahui, the shopping district of Shanghai, have stopped ordering iPads.
A spokesperson of Zhengzhou’s Administration of Industry and Commerce confirmed to the Associated Press that iPads were seized there.
“One of our local offices seized iPads from a shop and sealed them off based on the Chinese Trademark Law, although we did not carry out a citywide seizure,” said the spokesperson.
“We’ve appealed to Apple through its agents to have a settlement, but so far we haven’t received any response from them,” Xie Xianghui, a ProView lawyer, told the Associated Press.
Some analysts have suggested that ProView is acting as a patent troll, after a quick cash payout to help restructure the company, as it has no apparent plans to monetize the “iPad” trademark under its own volition. According to the company’s publicly available financial statements, its year on year revenue fell 74.39% from 17.39bn to 4.45bn. During an in interview with The Economist, Mr. Xianghui could not produce a ProView “iPad” – an Internet Personal Assistance Device – for inspection and the address he provided for ProView’s factories was a desolate warehouse.