Re: A Chinese court siding with a Chinese Co. vs. a foreign one? SHOCK!
It hasn't happened before because no American manufacturer in China wanted to have a trademark that begins with an "i", to go with all its other trademarks begining with an 'i'.
No lawyers, besides Apple's, would rely on an email from the seller of a trademark to establish the ownership of that asset.
Apple's Chinese assets will not be seized, except to pay royalties for iPads Apple have already sold in China. The court will nullify the contract and make all money paid out be returned.
EXCEPT THE COMPANIES WILL SETTLE BEFORE THE TRIAL.
If you want to do business in China, you do so at your own risk, just as a foreign entity does business in America at its own risk. Make sure you know the rules of the game.
AC, what do you know about the use of dummy, or sham, corporations in China? Think the laws are same as here? Is China required to have the same corporate laws as we have?