It's being reported today in China that a Shanghai tech firm by the name of Shanghai Yishijia Network Technology is suing Apple and Shanghai Woshang Information Technology over the usage right of a trademark Yishijia owns on Apple's App Store.
The firm is asking the court for compensation of more than US$16 million, according to the Shanghai No.1 Intermediate People's Court. The court has accepted the lawsuit.
The dispute began in April, when Yishijia applied to upload the mobile application for Homevv, an online shopping platform that it developed, on the App Store, but was rejected by Apple as another app bearing the same trademark by Woshang was already there.
Yishijia, which has owned the trademark of Homevv since 2010, asked Apple to take Woshang's app off the store multiple times but was rejected.
Citing the loss of clients and market share, Yishijia demands that Apple remove Woshang's app from the App Store, and that Woshang stop using the trademark of Homevv. It also demands a public apology from the two companies.