Could Qunar.com be Entitled to Cancel Competitor’s domain name of Quna.com?

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(By Luo Yanjie) Generally, enterprises are always using the application of trademarks to protect their brands, but because of the strict trademark review and long review periods, sometimes enterprises could not obtain the approval of trademark registration. Even so, with regard to their famous goods, enterprises could rely on the Anti-Unfair Competition Law to protect their rights and interests. In today’s post, we will introduce and share a typical case with readers.

Introduction to the Case:

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Trademark “Zhuomuniao”: Cancelled for Squatting Though It Has Been Put into Use

(By Luo Yanjie) Abstract: when applying for a trademark, the trademark office will judge the similarity of the submitted trademark based on the International Classification of the Trademark Registration for Product and Service (the “Classification”), but the court does not use this only standard. Even if the court finds that the later trademark application to be similar with the earlier applications, and the trademark office approves the later applied trademark’s application, the earlier trademark holder shall have no right to demand the later user for any damages.

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Is the Territorial Scope of a Famous Brand Limited to Chinese Territories?

(By Luo Yanjie) Abstract: The determination of a product reputation is usually limited to Chinese territories, while on the other hand the reputation of a mark may involve consideration of overseas reputation.

Freeriding among Chinese manufacturers is unfortunately a very common and severe issue, and for most well known foreign companies, there may be situations in which they have not paid adequate attention to the Chinese market, and ergo have provided insufficient attention to policing its marks within the realm of IPR protection. As a result, the vast majority of foreign brands are helpless in facing rampant infringement.

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Trademark “Zhuomuniao”: Cancelled for Squatting Though It Has Been Put into Use

(By Luo Yanjie) Abstract: when applying for a trademark, the trademark office will judge the similarity of the submitted trademark based on the International Classification of the Trademark Registration for Product and Service (the “Classification”), but the court does not use that as the only standard. Even if the court finds that the later trademark application to be similar with the earlier applications, if the trademark office approves the later applied trademark’s application, the earlier trademark holder shall have no right to demand the later user for any damages.

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Is the Territorial Scope of a Famous Brand Limited to Chinese Territories?

(By Luo Yanjie) Abstract: to determine whether two trademarks are similar to each other, the main consideration is determining the distinguishing features of the mark. However, to determine a famous or well-known product, such a determination is typically limited to Chinese territories, while on the other hand the reputation of a mark may involve consideration of overseas reputation.

Freeriding among Chinese manufacturers is unfortunately a very common and severe issue, and for most well known foreign companies, there may be situations in which they have not paid adequate attention to the Chinese market, and ergo have provided insufficient attention to policing its marks within the realm of IPR protection. As a result, the vast majority of foreign brands are helpless in facing rampant infringement.

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Analysis on Lawsuits and Arbitration in Domain Name Dispute Settlement System in China

By Luo Yanjie

According to a news report, Apple filed arbitration in June over “iPad 3.com” in WIPO, and claimed the adjudication to grant it the domain name. So far as is known this week, Apple is said to have received the internet address, and the registration information of iPad 3.com, and has now been updated, transferred from Global Access to Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton; the law firm entrusted by Apple.

The development and popularity of the Internet has increased the weight of domain names to the companies, especially for those engaged in the Internet industry and to them the domain name is playing the main role in propaganda with the replacement of trademark to some extent. Therefore, the domain name has been one of the main battlegrounds of the Internet or IT companies, and that thereby has brought many disputes. Due to the fact that the domain name is unified in global standard, the dispute concerning the domain name could be mainly settled in arbitrations (like Apple did in the case above, while it’s a little different from the contractual arbitration as specified below) and lawsuits. Now, we would like to introduce you how these two settlement methods applied in China:

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