Tag Archives: trademark infringement

Michael Jordan Reputation Rights Case Begins in Shanghai

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Normally I wouldn’t bother you with the news that a case I have already discussed many times has kicked off. No real news to report here, at least not yet. However, after reading the coverage in Xinhua, I just felt obligated to pass along this little treasure from the alleged infringer’s crack legal team: The defendants…

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Michael Jordan’s China Lawsuit Takes a Sad Turn

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You may recall that Michael Jordan sued a Chinese sportswear company in 2012, claiming that they infringed upon Jordan’s Chinese name and several logos that were similar to those used by Jordan or his sponsors. The case was filed in Shanghai and basically has just sat there for many, many moons (I assume pending settlement…

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Piss-poor Media Coverage of Malicious Trademark Registration Rules

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Apologies for a long, cranky post during the holidays, but this topic deserves some attention. As you know, I’ve been writing about trademark squatting and other registration issues for a long time, and the subject has been particularly hot in the past couple of years with disputes involving famous brands and names like iPad, Hermes,…

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Update on the Qiaodan-Michael Jordan Trademark Dispute

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Fujian-based sportswear and footwear producer Qiaodan Sports Co said Thursday that it may sue Michael Jordan for malicious prosecution in a counterstrike against a lawsuit the US basketball star filed against it in February. If Qiaodan does decide to file a lawsuit, the charges would be “malicious prosecution, infringing upon the reputation of Qiaodan Sports…

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Beijing Judge Gives “Haager-Dasz” Trademark Thumbs Down

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You probably think this is a pretty easy case. This “Haager-Dasz” trademark was obviously filed in bad faith, and this local company should not be allowed to use it. This is yet another one of those trademark squatting situations, right? Yes, but that doesn’t mean that the case is, as we say back home, “open and…

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Trademark Infringement and China Exports

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If anyone can remember back to the Apple vs. Proview dispute over the iPad trademark (oh no, not that again), there was an unresolved dispute floating around about the ability of Proview to stop exports of the iPad manufactured in China by going to Customs. Some folks said it was possible, others said no. I…

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iPad Trademark Non-News Department: Proview Bankruptcy

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Just for the record: A court in South China’s Guangdong Province will open a trial tomorrow in a case filed by Fubon Insurance asking the court to begin bankruptcy proceedings against Proview Technology Shenzhen Co, a move that might disrupt Proview’s ongoing litigation with Apple Inc over the ownership of the iPad trademark. Fubon Insurance,…

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Apple vs. Proview: Media Reports Fictitious Settlement Progress

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Just in case you read about this in either Xinhua, Global Times or China Daily, please do not think that anything has actually happened in the iPad trademark dispute, or at least anything that can be verified. Here’s what was reported: Pragmatic progress has been made in the dispute between Proview Technology (Shenzhen) and Apple…

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Ugg Boots vs. Counterfeiters: Working That Foreign Court Judgment

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I regularly talk about misguided brand owners who sue Chinese counterfeiters offshore and are left with useless foreign court judgments. This one’s an exception, and maybe a new trend? From the Fashion Law Blog: Deckers Outdoor Corp., Uggs’ parent company, was awarded $686 million in lawsuits against more than 3,000 China-based websites selling counterfeit Uggs.…

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China Trademark Squatters Have Not Been Ignoring the UK

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If you’re a big fan of China trademark squatting, or rather stories about the issue, check this out. Malcolm Moore and his Telegraph colleagues have done a bit of digging and come up with some good examples of China trademark squatters who have registered famous UK brands: Investors in UK companies from Mulberry to Burberry…

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Apple vs. Proview Getting Pythonesque

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“Let’s not bicker and argue about who killed who.” The Holy Grail or the iPad trademark dispute? Hard to tell, really. The AP has the latest on the out-of-court verbal jousting: In its latest statement on a simmering dispute over the iPad brand name, Apple Inc. said Tuesday that Proview Electronics’ insistence that it still…

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