Re: What does the financial health of Proview ...
I reckon it could hinge on the whole ipads being made before the trademark was purchased claim.
If they had a squillion tablets made with 'iPad' stamped on them, they're going to go to quite some lengths to ensure they don't have to rebrand and restamp the product(s).
If it can be shown this was the case it strengthens the Proview claim. If in fact no branded units were made (just the backplate, right?) before the purchase then Proview look like they're just out for a payday (which they certainly are, the difference is whether or not it's justified).
As for Proview being sneaky, well, it's not like apple are above dirty tricks to make a buck either. No big corp is, the gains usually outweighs the potential losses. So name calling and claims of sneakiness are irrelevant.
If branded product was made and if the pseudonymous UK Director was acting under an alias I reckon Proview will get a payday unless a stellar explanation is forthcoming. If not then apple get to trumpet loudly about justice being served.
Of course this doesn't take into account the wholesale buying of Chinese officials to make it go away...