Apple sued in China over Snow Leopard name

Macworld Australia Staff
3 July, 2012
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Almost a day after Apple settled and agreed to pay US$60 million for ownership of the iPad trademark in China from Proview, Apple has been hit with another copyright lawsuit over the ‘Snow Leopard’ name.

A chemical company in China is suing Apple over the Chinese translation of “Snow Leopard” (“Xuebao”), with the case going to court in Shanghai on July 10.

Jiangsu Snow Leopard Daily Chemical Company registered the Chinese translation and characters of “Snow Leopard” back in 2000, coincidentally the same year Proview trademarked its “IPAD” name.

Jiangsu Xuebao wants just over $80,000 in damages (500,000 RMB) and an “apology,” despite the fact that Apple has never used the Chinese version of “Snow Leopard” to sell it’s OS X 10.6 software in China, sticking to the English name and lettering, and Apple no longer sell OS X Snow Leopard, reported Macnn.

Apple filed for a trademark on the “Xuebao” name in 2008, and the application was denied because Jiangsu Xuebao already had the name, and this “proves” that Apple attempted to violate the trademark, said the CEO of Jiangsu.

The Chinese company did use the trademark on a mobile ad display and enterprise resource planning (EPR) software.

The company is also suing four other companies that sell OS X Snow Leopard.

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