Court officials said in a press conference on Thursday that the Shanghai No. 2 Intermediate People’s Court handled a whopping 521 cases involving trademark infringement from 2002 to 2013, the Global Times reports.
About 32 percent of the cases involved trademarks registered in Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan and foreign countries, including those for Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Coach and Nike, said Li Guoquan, a deputy chief of Shanghai No.2 Intermediate People’s Court.
Generally, the disputes are over whether one trademark resembles another more established trademark, Li said. The verdict usually hinges on how distinctive and prevalent the trademark is.
In one case, the court dismissed Shanghai Wuyuan Sports Goods Co Ltd’s lawsuit against an athletic shoe maker that had printed the company’s trademark on its shoes.
The court decided that the trademark of Wuyuan Sports Goods was not distinct because it was just a Chinese character. Furthermore, the plaintiff did not provide enough evidence to prove that its trademark was well-known.
Well-known trademarks receive greater protection under China’s Trademark Law and litigants required the court to rule in 24 cases whether the involved brand was famous enough.
In 80 percent of the cases, the court gave plaintiffs lass than 200,000 yuan because they weren’t able to prove that they suffered financial losses from the violations.
In November, Shanghai’s commerce authority seized more than 12,000 counterfeit-brand products in a series of raids on fake markets and factories in the city, including 400 scarves with knockoff Burberry labels, over 5,700 fake Disney, Chanel, Ugg and Longchamp brand products and some 1,200 mobile phone accessories.
Some the more strange knockoff products snatched across the country these past months have included a shipment of counterfeit FIFA World Cups, over 5,000 “fake oranges” and a shitload ofluxury diapers.