Shanghai Intellectual Property Court: Continued Trademark Infringement After Notice Can Lead to Punitive Damages

Posted on Categories Case, Trademarks, Unfair Competition

The Shanghai Intellectual Property Court affirmed a lower court’s judgement awarding Huayi Brothers (华谊兄弟公司)  punitive damages for trademark infringement since the defendant, Huayi Cinema Era (某时代华谊影城), continued infringing after being put on notice via a cease and desist letter.  The Shanghai IP Court also affirmed an injunction and a requirement for Huayi Cinema Era to change its name.

Christian Louboutin Wins at Beijing IP Court in Red Sole Unfair Competition Case

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On September 9, 2022, the Beijing IP Court announced it had ruled in favor of Christian Louboutin against Guangdong Wanlima Industrial Co., Ltd. (广东万里马实业股份有限公司) in an unfair competition case involving red soled shoes. Louboutin was awarded 5 million RMB and an injunction. Louboutin sued at the Beijing Intellectual Property Court claiming Wanlima was selling women’s shoes with the same red sole online and in department stores thereby violating the Anti-Unfair Competition Law.  Anti-Unfair Competition suits are becoming a valuable enforcement …

USPTO Issues Yet Another Show Cause Order Against a Chinese Firm for Fraudulent TM Filings

Posted on Categories Trademarks

Update: This article has been updated to include a public response issued by respondent Shenzhen Seller Growth Network Technology Co., Ltd. In a show cause order dated September 7, 2022, the United Stated Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) accused Shenzhen Seller Growth Network Technology Co., Ltd, et al. of “unauthorized practice before the USPTO in trademark matters and providing false, fictitious, or fraudulent information in trademark submissions with the intent to circumvent these rules.” The order  requires Respondents to show …

Excerpts from the September 2022 CNIPA Press Conference

Posted on Categories Patents, Trademarks

In a September 6, 2022 press conference, the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) discussed the release of the results from the 2021 National Intellectual Property Protection Social Satisfaction Survey.  During the press conference, CNIPA officials discussed patent linkage cases, administrative adjudication cases and abnormal (irregular or fraudulent) patent applications. Excerpts follow.