Chinese court rules in favour of BBC in trademark lawsuit: A Chinese court has ruled in favour of British Broadcasting Corporation in a trademark infringement lawsuit that a Beijing firm made unauthorised use of the “BBC” logo.
Mainland property tycoon Xu Jiayin, founder of China Evergrande Group (03333.HK), surprisingly lost in a lawsuit against a company that uses the billionaire’s name as a trademark. In 2013, a Chinese businessman named Chen Huanran registered “Xu Jiayin” (Chinese: 许家印) as a trademark to sell textile products of his firm. Xu was not aware of that until…
Japanese retailer Muji has been ordered to pay 626,000 yuan (US$89,000) and issue a public apology to a Chinese company after losing its appeal against an earlier court ruling on a trademark infringement.At a hearing last month, the Supreme People’s Court in Beijing upheld a 2017 ruling in favour of Natural Mill, whose parent company Beijing Cottonfield Textile Corp owns a trademarked name used by Muji.
Foreign geographical indications (GIs) may be granted protection even without a trademark registration in China. GIs are indications that identify a good as originating from a certain region or locality, where a given quality, reputation or other characteristic of the good is essentially attributable to the natural or humanistic features of the place indicated. What if an indication is accredited as a GI in its country of origin – is it sufficient to be granted protection in China without being registered as a trademark? On 10 January 2011, Fujian Longwang Trading filed an application to the Trademark Office for registration of Trademark No. 9037930 “罗曼尼·康帝” (disputed trademark, Chinese transliteration of “Romanee-Conti”) on class 33 goods of “Wine; Whiskey”. The application was approved for registration on 21 January 2012.
Today the EU 🇪🇺 and China 🇨🇳 concluded the negotiations on a bilateral agreement to protect 100 European Geographical indications (GIs) in China & 100 Chinese GIs in the EU against imitations & usurpation.