“The Globe and Mail” reports (http://macte.ch/0Ohwz) that Proview Technology, which is battling Apple in a Chinese court over the iPad trademark, is the rightful owner of that mark, a senior official with the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) said.

“According to the … provisions of the China Trademark Law, currently Shenzhen Proview is the legal registrant of the iPad trademark,” Fu Shuangjian, a deputy director of SAIC, was quoted as saying at a news conference in Beijing.

Monday the IDG News Service reported (http://macte.ch/92ZvH) that Apple and Proview Technology, a Chinese company, have started talks to try and resolve an ongoing legal dispute over the iPad trademark.

Ma Dongxiao, a lawyer representing the Chinese company Proview, said on Friday the talks were happening, but declined to offer details. The ongoing legal brouhaha is still being deliberated by the Higher People’s Court of Guangdong Province, but earlier this week, the court recommended that both Apple and Proview find a way to mediate the dispute, says the IDG News Service.