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The lawyer for a company suing Apple Inc. in China over its use of the iPad trademark has indicated his client would be willing to discuss a settlement.

Xie Xianghui, lawyer for Shenzhen Proview Technology, said Tuesday that since no final decisions have been reached in various legal disputes over the issue, both sides are "still able to sit together and reach an out-of-court settlement."

Proview claims ownership over the iPad name. Apple says it bought the rights to the name in China and other countries in 2009, but that Proview failed to transfer the rights in mainland China as agreed.

Proview is seeking to prevent sales of the popular tablet computers in China and a hearing is set for Wednesday in a Shanghai court.

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