Ferrero's Trademark Application Encountered "Waterloo"

Ferrero’s Trademark Application Encountered “Waterloo”

World-known chocolate manufacturer Italian Ferrero Co., Ltd. encountered “Waterloo” when filing a figurative trademark application for its long-term use product package. Recently, the Beijing No.1 Intermediate People’s Court upheld the decision made by the Trademark Review and Adjudication Board (TRAB) under the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) on the ground that the trademark […]

China's Trademark Applications Exceeds 10 Million

China’s Trademark Applications Exceeds 10 Million

The number of applications submitted for trademark registration reached 10.54 million at the end of June, ranking the first in the world. According to a forum celebrating the 30th anniversary of the country’s trademark law, China is also at the top of the world’s rankings in terms of registered trademarks, which totaled 7.17 million by […]

TW-Support Using the PPH Agreement (TW-SUPA) Examination Pilot Program Revised and Enacted on September 1, 2012

TW-Support Using the PPH Agreement (TW-SUPA) Examination Pilot Program Revised and Enacted on September 1, 2012

The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) started the PPH programs with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Japan Patent Office (JPO) on September 1, 2011 and May 1, 2012, respectively. The PPH programs enable an applicant, whose claims are determined to be allowable/patentable in the Office of First Filing (OFF), to […]

Fengbaomafeng vs BMW Free Rider Falls off the Horse

Fengbaomafeng vs BMW Free Rider Falls off the Horse

On December 2011, in its ruling over the trademark infringement and unfair competition case against Guangzhou Century Baochi Clothing Cmpany, Beijing No.2 Intermediate People’s Court granted injunctive relief and monetary relief of 500,000 yuan to the Germany-based BMW AG. It represented another victory for BMW after litigation against Century Baoma Company. Shenzhen Century Baoma Clothing […]

Apple Settles iPad Trademark Case with $60m

Apple Settles iPad Trademark Case with $60m

US technology giant Apple Inc (Apple) has settled a lingering dispute with a local technology company concerning the use of the iPad trademark for the California-based tech giant’s popular tablets computers in the Chinese mainland. According to Guangdong High People’s Court, Apple has ended their long-running iPad name dispute in China with Proview with a […]

US technology giant Apple Inc (Apple) has settled a lingering dispute with a local technology company concerning the use of the iPad trademark for the California-based tech giant’s popular tablets computers in the Chinese mainland. According to Guangdong High People’s Court, Apple has ended their long-running iPad name dispute in China with Proview with a […]
Focus on Chinese Utility Model Patents

Focus on Chinese Utility Model Patents

  In 2010, over 340,000 Chinese utility model patents (UMs) were granted, however, only about 2,200 of these were granted to foreigners (a UM can be registered in the name of a person or entity). Chinese entities seek to register UMs much more actively than foreign entities, but these can be very valuable. The highest […]

Choosing Your Trade Mark Name in China: Know Before You Go

Choosing Your Trade Mark Name in China: Know Before You Go

What is a trade mark? Your trade mark is your identity and is used to market your product. Because you invest time and money into building its reputation, it would be very damaging to your own business if someone began selling their own products or services using your company name. As your reputation grows around […]

Louis Vuitton Chases Fakes from Market

Louis Vuitton Chases Fakes from Market

Global luxury brand Louis Vuitton recently slapped some stores in Jiangsu province with lawsuits claiming 500,000 yuan ($78,500) in compensation from each following a string of crackdowns on counterfeits. The first hearing of a case against a shop in Nanjing Fashion Lady Shopping Plaza was held in Nanjing Intermediate People’s Court on July 4. The […]

Agency Rejects Wall-E Remake for Copyright Infringement

Agency Rejects Wall-E Remake for Copyright Infringement

The State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) has denied an application by a local director to shoot a Chinese remake of Pixar’s Wall-E because the film did not sell the legal rights to the director, according to insiders. After filing an application to make his own version of the computer-animated blockbuster, the director […]

Rehau Polymers Prevails in a Trademark Dispute

Rehau Polymers Prevails in a Trademark Dispute

The Shanghai No. 1 Intermediate People’s Court recently entered the final decision for a trademark dispute raised by Rehau China, ordering the defendant Shanghai Ruihao Pipeline Co., Ltd. to indemnify 380,000 yuan in damages. Rehau China ended this four-year legal battle on a triumphant note. Established in August 2002, Rehau China is a leading system […]

Le Coq Sportif Triumphs in a Trademark Dispute

Le Coq Sportif Triumphs in a Trademark Dispute

The group buying websites now become the focus of attention due to selling counterfeits these days. Several industry top dogs such as Ao Meimei, Accessories Group, 58 Group, Gaopeng and Dida make the infamous list. Discovering the Zouxiu website under Shenzhen Zouxiu Ltd. and Dida website under Beijing Jinridushi company selling the counterfeit products infringing […]

ASEAN Enhances Patent Examination Cooperation Program

ASEAN Enhances Patent Examination Cooperation Program

The ASEAN Patent Examination Cooperation (ASPEC) program will now operate in the English language in all participating ASEAN IP Offices, a press statement from the ASEAN Secretariat said here on Friday. The enhancement, announced by the Heads of ASEAN Intellectual Property (IP) Offices, was part of a regular review of the ASPEC program at the […]

Chinese Courts See Increase in IPR Cases

Chinese Courts See Increase in IPR Cases

The number of cases handled by Chinese courts nationwide regarding intellectual property rights (IPR) disputes and violations surged in 2011, a spokesman for the Supreme People’s Court (SPC) said Tuesday. In 2011, local courts at all levels across the country received 59,612 new IPR-related civil cases and concluded the trials of 58,201 cases, up by […]

iPad Trademark Dispute Sees Progress

iPad Trademark Dispute Sees Progress

Pragmatic progress has been made in the dispute between Proview Technology (Shenzhen) and Apple Inc. over use of the iPad trademark, according to an attorney for Proview (Shenzhen). “We feel that the attitude of Apple Inc. has changed. Although they expressed that they were willing to negotiate, they have never taken any action before. But […]

China Boasts Sharpest Growth in PCT Applications

China Boasts Sharpest Growth in PCT Applications

According to the latest statistics released by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) on March 6, growth rate of applications originated from China has dwarfed for three straight years since 2009. China filed a total of 16,406 PCT applications in 2011, up 33.4%, sharpest in the world. The next two sprinters were Russia (28%) and […]