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Google defeated by Chinese author over Google Books

May 7 2014 Despite Google's victory in the United States in the Google Books battle, which took place in 2005 with a US circuit judge accepting Google's…

Trademark Office clarifies valid proof of use for cancellation actions

December 16 2009 The Chinese Trademark Office recently laid down specific examples of evidence of use that a registered trademark proprietor can provide to defend successfully against a cancellation action for three years' non-use of that mark.

Court recognises Heinz Chinese trademark as well known

May 6 2015 In 2006 a Chinese individual applied to register the trademark 亨氏, which is identical to the Chinese equivalent of HJ Heinz Company's house mark…

3D shape mark held to be indistinctive

April 3 2013 An application to register the three-dimensional (3D) shape mark shown below for medical devices in Class 10 has been refused for being devoid of…

Impact of contracts (rights of third parties) ordinance on trademark licensing

December 2 2015 The Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Ordinance (Cap 623) will come into force on January 1 2016. The ordinance introduces a variation of the…

SHARPVIEW refused registration under law of passing off

October 5 2016 The Hong Kong Trademarks Ordinance prohibits registration of a trademark if its use in Hong Kong is likely to be prevented by virtue of any rule of…

Beijing No 1 Intermediate Court recognises IKEA marks as well known

September 28 2016 The Beijing No 1 Intermediate Court recently gave well-known mark status to the trademarks IKEA and 宜家 (IKEA in Chinese) in Class 20 for furniture…

Opposition to registration of SWISSBERNARD mark

May 4 2016 The Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry FH recently failed in its opposition to the registration of the SWISSBERNARD mark by Ayoub in Class 14 for…

Beijing High People’s Court approves pre-emptive application

April 13 2016 The Beijing High People's Court recently overruled earlier decisions of the Trademark Review and Adjudication Board and the Beijing IP Court to…

Legality of notice issued by Trademark Office challenged

April 6 2016 As of January 1 2013, China started to accept trademark applications for seven specific types of retail and wholesale service for pharmaceutical…