Apple Faces $1.6 Billion Proview Lawsuit Over iPad Name

Proview International Holdings Ltd., a debt-laden Chinese technology firm, claims it has ownership of the iPad trademark in China.  Proview Technology in Shenzhen registered the iPad trademark in China in 2001. Apple bought rights to the name from a Taiwan affiliate, Proview Taipei, but the mainland company says it still owns the name in China.  Carolyn Wu, Apple’s Beijing-based spokeswoman, said Apple bought Proview’s worldwide rights in 2009 to the iPad trademark in 10 countries, including China.

Expect shipping delays from Cisco, Dell and HP due to Thai flooding!

Thailand’s worst flooding in at least five decades has claimed 564 lives since July. While most of Bangkok’s central business district remains dry, manufacturers who supply parts to Seagate and other Thai computer disk drive and parts manufacturers are having difficulty and the flooding is causing shipping delays.

Survey concludes declining federal IT spending over the next 5 years

A recently conducted survey suggests the possibility that total federal IT spending will be stagnant over the next 5 years.  This survey goes on to point out that new federal budgetary cuts and austerity legislation are partly to blame for the stagnation.  This news leads some to worry that the recent uptick in government contracting IT activity will be further strangled as a result, and may force a currently booming economic sector into a state of torpidity.  If these survey results hold true, it may severely impact private sector business relations with DOD agencies.  However, this necessity to stay at a familiar spending level may increase the amount of research and development that civilian agencies put in to finding technologies that “both cut costs, and improve operations” to deal with the current situation.  

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