Internet retail titan Amazon has pulled iPads from its website in China at Apple’s request, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday, Feb 16.
According to AFP, The Journal cited unnamed sources as saying the move by Apple was unrelated to a copyright battle over the iPad name in China but instead due to Amazon not being an authorized reseller of the coveted tablet computers.
Amazon reportedly removed iPads offered by other resellers on its Chinese website as well. Neither company responded requests for comment, AFP says.
The news comes as Apple is embroiled in a legal fight with a Chinese electronics firm that claims the rights to the “iPad” name in that country.
Proview Technology (Shenzhen) says it owns the Chinese rights for the name “iPad” and has prompted authorities to seize the devices from sellers in some China cities.
Proview said on Tuesday that it is preparing to ask customs to prevent Apple from bringing the iconictablet computers into China – one of the US company’s biggest markets.
Apple last year took the firm to a Chinese court, claiming trademark infringement, but the court unexpectedly rejected the case over lack of evidence.