In the wake of several highly publicized cases, China has begun to crackdown on trademark infringers. China has long been criticized by other countries for not taking a tougher stand on intellectual property issues.
In response, China recently announced that its will amend its trademark laws to provide greater protection to international companies seeking to protect their brands. Under the proposed changes, trademark owners will have the right to prohibit others from registering their trademarks or from using similar ones, even if such trademarks are not yet registered. Under current law, the first to register often owns the mark even against other legitimate trademark owners who are first to use the mark in that country.
“The draft is intended to curb the malicious registration of trademarks,” the official Xinhua news agency reported.
The proposed changes are good news for U.S. and other foreign companies who often have difficulty protecting their brands in China. Apple endured a protracted legal battle over the use of its iPad trademark, and ultimately settled the lawsuit for $60 million. Basketball star Michael Jordan also filed a lawsuit against Chinese sportswear company for using his Chinese name without authorization.
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