Why did the Courts Determine Google Receive a Prior Right in its Pre-approved China Enterprise Name?

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(By You Yunting and Wang Ting) Abstract: Generally, before registration, an enterprise never receives corresponding protection for its enterprise name. However, in relation to its pre-approved enterprise name before registration, the pre-approved enterprise name shall be provided appropriate protection.

Today, we will introduce a typical case touching upon this issue, specifically, the process of approving an enterprise name under the establishment of a foreign-invested company. In this case, Google successfully defended itself against a Chinese enterprise, and finally won rights in the Chinese transliteration of its name, written in Chinese as“谷歌” and pronounced “gu-ge”.

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Summary of the Administrative Case Verdict in the Yi Jian Lian Trademark Squatting Case

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We are often consulted by clients asking what standards are used to determine trademark squatting, and why was malicious squatting found against Sony Ericson and HERMES but denied against COCA COLA or LANDROVER? Furthermore, once a trademark application has damaged anothers’ name right, copyright, or trade name right, what standards do courts use to determine infringement. Under the Trademark Law, what measures can be taken to protect the trademarks of well-known fictional figures, such as 007 or Harry Potter?

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How to Decide Infringement When Conflict between Trademark and Trade Name in China?

By Luo Yanjie

As two different concepts in law, trademark plays the role as to distinguish the origin of the product or services, and the trade name is the literal expression to indicate different companies. But in the daily operation, we may see the confusion between these two concepts, and the trade name may also be used as kind of mark in business. Naturally, we see many companies choose to register their name as the trademark. Despite the similar function of them, the trademark and trade name are verified by different administrations (the mark is subject to the administration of trademark office, and the trade name is ruled by local administration of industry and commerce), but that also triggers the conflict between two objects. In today’s post, we would like to analyze the conflict occurred when trade name registered prior to the trademark by different subjects.

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Malicious Squatting of Trademarks in China Will Be Curbed

                                —Comment I on the revision of China Trademark Law 

Highlights: The Comment One on the draft of China Trademark Law amendment. The new regulation expands the scope of malicious squatting of trademarks and the protection on well-known ones, while it still leaves an ambiguous space for application.

The draft of China Trademark Law amendment (the “Draft”) is issued by the Legislative Office of State Council (LAO), a working body to the State Council assisting the Premier in handling legislative affairs and other legal affairs, for the public comments. After study on the draft, Bridge IP Commentary will make series analysis on it.

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