Thu, January 3, 2013
In the Chinese language grandmother is pópo (婆婆) and a spicy grandmother is là pópo (辣婆婆). As you would already expect it is a bad idea to fool around with the feelings of a spicy grandmother. Spicy Grandmother, the enterprise name of a chain of restaurants in Beijing, was annexed without permission in the trademark logo of Yu Xiang Spicy Grandmother (Yú xiāng là pópo 渝乡辣婆婆), a competing chain of restaurants in Beijing and Shijiazhuang.
Spicy Grandmother sued but lost the case in first instance. They appealed at Beijing No. 2 Intermediate People’s Court, which will rule on the case.
Source IPR in China here.
Tue, February 28, 2012
An iconic photo of Michael Jordan getting the basketball was made into a mirror-like silhouette logo, and then used with the phonetically similar name 乔丹 Qiáodān, and both the logo and name were trademarked in China without Michael Jordan’s permission. The most iconic basketplayer ever, Jordan, is going to protect his name, his identity and the […]
Mon, February 27, 2012
iPads for sale in the Apple Store at Central, Hong Kong Photo Danny Friedmann Apple introduced a third category, in between a laptop and smartphone, on January 27, 2010 (see the late Steve Jobs give the presentation here and demonstration here and here). April 3, 2010 it was intoduced in the U.S. and one month later in other places […]
Fri, January 13, 2012
Last year’s Hong Kong International Art Fair at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre included the “Toyota Chain”, by Thomas Hirschhorn, which, was exactly that. Mr Hirschhorn, a Swiss artist, made the piece in 2002, and so far, nobody wants to buy it. To magnify an existent trademarked logo, without authorisation by the trademark […]
Thu, July 28, 2011
Warning: This article contains material which may offend and may not be distributed, circulated, sold, hired, given, lent, shown, played or projected to a person under the age of 18 years. Let me first refresh your memory about IP relevant rabbits and then tell you about my encounter with the undecent two Miffy bunnies in […]
Sun, May 15, 2011
Photo Danny FriedmannStory for the Sunday (星期日) Xinhua reported that Yao Ming, the tallest basketballer in the NBA, who has a contract with Reebok to wear their products, sued Wuhan Yunhe Dashayu Sportswear Co., Ltd for allegedly printing in Yao Ming’s handwriting 姚明 一代 (Yao Ming Yi Dai) which means Yao Ming era or Yao […]
Mon, May 2, 2011
Photo: Danny FriedmannShake Or Crush Your Hand, you choose. What if you are developing a product but your competitor has patented some technology needed to achieve the technical result? And at the same time you have some patents that you know you competitor likes to use? You might consider to cross-license. However, from a patent […]
Tue, November 23, 2010
Do you think this use of the trademark should be allowed. “Immoral to drink sweat and blood. Coca-Cola.” Photo taken from the wall at Franklin Centre at CUHK Campus in Shatin, Hong Kong. It is in protest against alleged bad labour conditions at the Coca-Cola plant. One could argue that the copyright (moral right of […]
Thu, September 3, 2009
Parties: Plaintiff Exxon Mobil; defendants: American Mobil International Petroleum Group and Xi’an Yanqing Technology Development Co. Dispute: “defendants registered web addresses that included the Chinese characters for ‘Mobil’.” Probably with this is meant the characters 美孚 (mei3 = good, beautiful; fu2 = confidence, trust) and not the Chinese characters that translate mobil, because this word […]
Thu, July 16, 2009
Jason Dean and Ellen Zhu of China Journal of the WSJ, have a nice post about a rip-off version of Blackberry called Blockberry which pretends in an advertisement to be endorsed by the president of the USA. Read here. I ask myself why did they not call the apparatus Obamaberry in the first place? Thank […]
Wed, December 3, 2008
Apple, Inc. won trademark case against New Apple Concept Digital Technology Co Ltd based in Shenzhen. The Intermediate People’s Court in Shenyang, the capital of the Liaoning Province, ordered New Apple Concept Digital Technology Co., Ltd., on 2 November to pay 400,000 yuan (58,000 U.S. dollars) for infringing on Apple’s trademark and logo. Read the […]