Chinese Authorities Ban iPad Sales in More Cities

More iPads have been pulled from the shelves of stores in China this week due to a trademark dust up between Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and a Chinese technology company, Reuters reported on Thursday. The legal fight has prompted authorities in certain cities to require that local retailers stop selling the popular tablet, Reuters said, citing reports on Chinese finance website www.yicai.com.

Two big shopping malls in Shanghai’s Xujiahui district no longer sell the tablets. Retailers in other cities around China, including Qingdao in Shandong province and Xuzhou in Jiangsu province, have removed iPads from store shelves, according to the report.

However, the Qingdao commerce department denies placing a ban on iPad sales. “Whether the retailers decide to stop sales or not is up to them,” a spokesman said. “The government is not involved.”

Days ago, authorities in Shijiazhuang, a city near Beijing, asked retailers to cease sales of iPads. Proview Technology (Shenzhen) Co. Ltd., a unit of Proview International Holdings, has requested that authorities in more than 30 cities ban sales of the tablet. Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) in China has also reportedly stopped iPad sales online, but a company executive explained the decision, saying there was a supply shortage that had nothing to do with the lawsuit.

Attorneys for Proview Technology (Shenzhen) said on Tuesday that the company plans to seek a ban on exports of iPads from mainland China.

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