SONY or SONT confusion in Shenzhen

SONT or SONY likelihood of confusionPhoto: Danny friedmann Shenzhen SongTian Technology Development Co., a company manufacturing tantalum capacitators (used in electronic accessories) changed their logo they came up with SONT. See their old and new logo here. Likelihood of confusion with the brand of a huge Japanese electronics company? Will the average consumer mistake the […]

Update on CYBERsitter, LLC v. The People’s Republic of China et al

Remember Green Dam Youth Escort? Short reminder: the Chinese government ordered computer manufacturers to bundle computers sold in China with software that could filter pornography by July 2009. It postponed the deadline because of pressure by foreign computer manufacturers. In August it backtracked the obligation to pre-install the software (Japanese companies Sony and Toshiba, and […]

Emergent brandscape in China: “Sony was not built in a day”

David Barboza interviewed Karl Gerth who teaches modern Chinese history at Oxford University about his new book ‘As China Goes So Does The World’. Professor Gerth is optimistic about Chinese brands. His take is that China will get strong brands indigenously or it will acquire foreign brands. We just have to give it some time: […]

The lizard’s weekly China news roundup

IP Komodo hears righteous indignation expressed by bosses at Beijing’s famous Silk Market on Wednesday at a United States trade report that accuses the mall of being “notorious” for fake goods. A Ms Hu stated to the press “I don’t care about what any other media is saying about (the Silk Market). We’re doing our […]

Aigo Sues HP, Dell, Sony, Toshiba and Samsung for Patent Infringements

At a Beijing court Aigo sued HP and at a Xian court it sued Toshiba for infringement of 6 patents which cover USB plus, a storage port technology. HP, Dell, Sony, Toshiba and Samsung all received a letter from Aigo’s lawyers with an invitation to negotiate within seven days. But according to Kenny Hsieh, general […]

Cybersitting Claims 2.25 Billion US Dollar For Allegedly Pirated Code in Green Dam

It was the Chinese government’s plan to demand of computer manufacturers to pre-install this filter programme against pornography and violence, however after a public outcry this was not made mandatory. But it keeps coming back in the news. After Solid Oak, read here, who sent cease and desist letters to Dell and Hewlett Packard, because […]

IP Dragon Weekend Game: Dyslectic Or Counterfeit

Ms Hannah Wood has an intriguing article about names very similar to famous ones in China. See Ms Wood’s article with pictures, here. Can you guess which are the original brands? The answer can be found by clicking on the links. Pizza Huh Bucksstar coffee o Mc McDnoald’s Dama Adidos Farrari KLC Lexus = Lexus, […]

3 of Baker McKenzie’s Cases Elected By Supreme People’s Court As 2006 Top 10 IPR Cases

Three of the ‘ Top ten cases’ in 2006 elected by the Supreme People’s Court concerns cases won by Baker & McKenzie: Sony Corporation versus Guangzhou Top Power Electronics Co., Ltd.; Starbucks versus Shanghai Xinbake Coffee Shop Ltd; Prada, Chanel, Gucci, Burberry and Louis Vuitton versus Beijing Xiushui Haosen Clothing Market. IP Dragon congratulates Mr. […]

Alternative Business Models Emerge In Times of Pessimism About a Solution Against Copyright Piracy in China

That copyright piracy in China is a serious problem is confirmed by the article in China Daily. The General Administration of Press and Publication announced that 120 million audio and video products and 500 million unauthorized books a year were pirated. Read the China Daily here. Eric Priest a research fellow of the Berkman Center […]

Chinese Preemptive Counterfeiters Force Producers To Synchronous Market Introductions

Alex Zaharov-Reutt wrot a very interesting article for ITWire (H/T to Technology writer Mike Elgan of Raw Feed) about Chinese counterfeiters’ preempting the market, before the originals are released in the Chinese market that will trick Chinese buyers into believing the original gadgets are fake. Zaharov-Reutt links to two articles that give examples of these […]

Plagiarism in Chinese Music is Blooming or Withering?

Mu Qian wrote a great article for the China Daily about Chinese songs that are put under increased scrutiny to see if they are original, thanks to the internet. The Chinese pop scene was a long time isolated from the rest of the world. When Chinese musicians wanted to play, say Western, songs it was […]