Friday, December 29, 2006

FA Premier League Against Trademark Infringers 1:0

Sarah Butler reported for the Times Online about two rulings by the Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People's Court:

The English FA (football association, nowadays called after their sponsor: Barclays) Premier League was victorious in a trademark dispute with Xiangshi Celebration Service Company, based in Jiangsu province. Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People's Court upheld an earlier ruling that FA Premier League has the exclusive use of its crowned lion logo in China. Xiangshi Celebration Service Company must stop using a similar lion trademark, minus the football under the lion's claw.

The dispute began in 1999, when Xiangshi registered its version of the trademark. When the Premier League tried to register its logo in China in 2000, it was rejected. It won an appeal a year later.

Also this week the Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People's Court ruled that Beijing Health New Concept Pharmacy Company and Lianhuan Pharmaceutical Company, based in Jiangsu infringed upon Pfizer's Viagra patent. The court ordered to stop sales of generic blue pills similar to Viagra and to pay Pfizer 300,000 yuan (£19,500) in damages.
Read Butler's article here.

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