According to the “Shanghai Daily” (, Apple has won a bid in a Hong Kong court to exclude some evidence that was previously filed by Proview International Holdings. The two companies are in a legal battle over the iPad trademark on the Chinese mainland.

Two expert reports filed by Proview in October failed to comply with Hong Kong court instructions, making the evidence inadmissible in an upcoming trial between the company and Apple, according to a ruling yesterday by Judge Justin Ko, notes the “Shanghai Daily.” Proview hasn’t decided whether to appeal the ruling, Chairman Sun Min said.

Earlier this moth a California judge tossed out a lawsuit in which Proview accused Apple of tricking them into selling the “iPad” name for less than it might have. Judge Mark Pierce dismissed the case, agreeing with Apple’s argument that the two parties had agreed to settle any disagreements in Hong Kong, the article adds.