Dawn Ellmore blog examines LEGO’s landmark copyright case

Danish toy giant LEGO has won its landmark copyright case against copycat products in China. It’s the first competition case Lego has won against Chinese companies that have been making products that are almost the same as its iconic toy… Continue Reading →

Dawn Ellmore Employment: What fuels innovation?

Is there a formula to successful innovation? If so, what are the components that make up a truly innovative company, whether it’s a start-up or an established company? The Global Innovation Index, which is compiled every year by INSEAD business… Continue Reading →

China’s Tencent Filed the Most Global Trade Mark Applications in 2016

Trade mark research company TrademarkNow recently published research on the top 50 global trade mark applications filed in 2016. Tencent Holdings Limited (a Chinese investment holding company with subsidiaries providing media, entertainment, payment systems, internet and mobile phone value-added services)… Continue Reading →

New Balance Wins China IP Lawsuit

New Balance Athletic Shoe Inc recently won an intellectual property dispute in China. Chinese manufacturers copy products but sell them with a slight modification of the brand name.  For the copied New Balance shoes, customers were faced with similar looking… Continue Reading →

Will Mercedes-Benz’s Trade Marks for Electric Cars Infringe on a Chinese Car Maker?

Global automobile manufacturer Mercedes-Benz is well known for its luxury vehicles, buses, coaches, and trucks.  The company is now expanding into electric cars and will create a new “EQ” sub-brand for a range of electric vehicles to include two saloons… Continue Reading →

Patent Lawsuits Increase by a Third in China

The total number of patents issued in 2016 in China increased 24% to over 1.2 million.  Patent lawsuits in China were recently reported to have increased by 37% to 28,916 in 2016 when compared with 2015 figures.  Patent lawsuits related… Continue Reading →

China Awards 10 Year Trade Mark on “Trump” for Construction Industry

The government of China recently awarded US President Donald Trump a 10-year trade mark right to his own name for construction services.  The registration was a surprise win following a decade long battle trying to obtain the rights to his… Continue Reading →

AI Patent Applications Increase by Almost 200% in China

In a survey covering artificial intelligence (AI) patent applications in 10 countries including the US, China, Europe, Japan and South Korea over the comparison period of 2015-2010 compared to the figure for the previous five years the data shows the… Continue Reading →

Names of Famous People Cannot be Trademarked in China

The Supreme People’s Court (the highest court in the mainland area of China) issued a document stating that names of famous people cannot be used as trade marks.  The document went on to state that if a trade mark brings… Continue Reading →

BMW Wins Trade Mark Dispute against Two Chinese Firms

The Shanghai Intellectual Property Court ordered two Chinese companies (motor company Deguo Baoma Group and fashion house Chuangjia Group) to pay damages of f $432,000 to BMW after ruling in BMW’s favour in a trade mark infringement case.  Both companies… Continue Reading →

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