SETTLEMENT: Apple has paid $60 million to settle a dispute in China over ownership of the iPad name.

SIGNIFICANCE: That removes a potential obstacle to sales of the popular tablet computer in the key Chinese market.

THE DISPUTE: Apple Inc. says it bought the global rights to the iPad name from Proview in 2009 but Chinese authorities say the rights in China were never transferred. A Chinese court ruled in December that Proview still owned the name in China.