Remember Apple's trademark dispute with monitor manufacturer Proview over the name iPad? The tiff was resolved in July of 2012 when a Chinese court told Apple to pay the company US$60 million, resulting in Apple getting full control of the iPad trademark in China. That trademark issue was apparently keeping many Chinese citizens from purchasing an iPad, because sales of the tablet have skyrocketed since July.
IDC analyst Dickie Chang attributed the growth in iPad shipments to Apple's ownership of the trademark in China, which opened the door to "legal" sales of the product. Apple now owns the tablet market in China, having sold 2.07 million units in the third quarter of 2012 -- almost double the number sold in the second quarter. The next largest vendor in the country is Lenovo with sales of 278,000 units, followed by Samsung with only 143,000 tablets.