By Daniel Hunter

An on-going dispute between Apple and Proview over the ownership of the name 'iPad' could cause major distribution problems.

A Chinese company is to ask customs officials to block shipments of Apple's iPad both into and out of the country, due to the ongoing dispute.

Should the request be approved then there could be serious knock-on effects in terms of global sales given that China is a key manufacturing base for Apple.

There was an initial judgement win last year for Proview, and despite Apple's appeal, they are contacting officials across China with a view to blocking sales of the product.

"We are now working on a request to China Customs to ban and seize all the import and export of the iPad products that have violated the trademark," Proview lawyer Xie Xianghui said.

In a statement Apple said: "We bought Proview's worldwide rights to the iPad trademark in 10 different countries several years ago.

"Proview refuses to honour their agreement with Apple in China and a Hong Kong court has sided with Apple in this matter. Our case is still pending in mainland China."

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