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  • China’s new trademark law, which takes effect May 1, 2014, is designed to discourage the trademark hijacking and piracy that have caused headaches for foreign companies attempting to do business in China. In July of 2012, Apple paid a $60 million settlement to the Chinese company Proview Technology to acquire the right to use the […]

  • Heineken is the latest international company to face roadblocks registering its trademark in China. The popular beer maker alleges that Wujiang Xili Machinery Factory, a small Chinese sewing company, is illegally using its name and logo. As FT.com reports, China’s State Administration for Industry and Commerce previously rejected Wujiang Xili prior attempt to register two […]

  • The Chinese legislature recently passed comprehensive reforms to the country’s trademark laws. The changes should make it easier for U.S. businesses to protect their brands. The amendments reflect comments from lawmakers, experts and representatives of businesses and trademark agencies from China and abroad, according to Wang Qing, an official with the Legal Affairs Commission of […]

  • Electric carmaker Tesla Motors Inc. may be forced to delay its planned expansion into the Chinese market after running into difficulty securing its trademark. A Chinese businessman claims to have secured rights to the “Tesla” mark as early as 2006. According to Reuters, Zhan Baosheng owns the “Tesla” trademark in China, including both the English […]

  • Yesterday, I told you about the DuPont trade secret case. Today, I would like to point out that employees can also be in voilation of state and federal trade secret law. A former Motorola employee has been sentenced to four years in prison for trade secret theft. Hanjuan Jin’s sentence is one of the harshest […]