Chinese company to seek ban on iPad import, export

FILE - In this file photo taken on Jan. 26, 2011, a man stands near Apple's iPad advertisement in Shanghai, China. The official said Monday, Feb. 13, 2012, that investigators in Shijiazhuang, southwest of Beijing, started seizing iPads last week at the request of a company that filed a complaint with the government accusing Apple Inc. of violating its rights to the iPad name. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)

BEIJING, China - A Chinese company says it will ask customs officials to block imports and exports of Apple iPads in a dispute over ownership of the name for the tablet computers.

A lawyer for Shenzhen Proview Technology said Tuesday the company is preparing a request to block iPad shipments on the grounds that they violate Proview's ownership of the iPad trademark in China.

Authorities in one Chinese city have seized iPads from retailers.

Shenzhen Proview Technology registered the iPad trademark in China in 2001.

Apple bought rights to the name from a Taiwan company affiliated with Proview but the mainland company says it still has rights to use the name in China.

A Chinese court rejected Apple's claim to the name in China last year.