Chinese Firm Calls iPad A Knock-Off

iPadAn obscure Chinese company is planning to take legal action and prevent Apple’s iPad from reaching the shelves. An official from Shenzhen Great Loong Brother Industrial Co. Ltd. said the iPad is a replica of its P88 tablet, which began selling in China last year.

The P88 also uses touch screen technology like the iPad but is slightly bigger than Apple’s new product. The Chinese company is from a city known for producing knock-offs of popular gadgets like Apple’s iPod and iPhone. However, the company official said that this time, its Apple that is guilty of imitation.

Shenzen’s claim is only the latest trouble for the still-to-be-released iPad. Earlier, Japan ’s Fujitsu claimed that it owned the rights to the iPad name. Apple also has yet to secure the approval of the Federal Communications Commission. However, despite the minor hitches and the Internet bashing, Apple believes that the iPad is on track to becoming the dominant player on the tablet market.