InternationalUSRemember you can easily switch between MIP US and MIP International at any time

Lacoste loses its trade mark in China


Case of the Year: Lacoste v Jin Zhongneng

The result

Lacoste’s crocodile mark revoked for non-use

The impact

Bar raised on what counts as use of a trade mark

Trade mark squatters are a major problem for international brand owners in China. Lawyers have consistently advised clients of the need to register early and broadly to protect their mark, but the recent revocation of French clothing brand Lacoste's mark shows that active use and management of a mark is also needed, alongside registration.

Lacoste received protection for its crocodile logo and related marks in 2003 for class 16, which covers various paper goods. In 2007, Jin Zhongneng filed for revocation of the mark in class 16 due to three consecutive years of non-use. The Trademark Office revoked the mark in 2009. The Trademark Review and Adjudication Board (TRAB) reversed, finding that there was evidence of use.

On Jin's appeal to the Beijing...


Please log in to read the rest of this article.

New to Managing Intellectual Property? Take advantage of one week’s FREE access and become a Managing IP member today. It’s free to join and the benefits start straight away.

Already registered?

Please make sure you log in to read the rest of the article.

Log in

Join us now

Gain 7 days FREE access when you register now.

Join here

profile

Managing IP

ManagingIP

ManagingIP profile

Good to see another national IPO on Twitter. Welcome, @IPO_India! https://t.co/aXwGVY80Oj

Aug 24 2016 04:40 ·  reply ·  retweet ·  favourite
ManagingIP profile

@IPO_India Welcome to Twitter. Good to see lots of updates already!

Aug 24 2016 04:39 ·  reply ·  retweet ·  favourite
ManagingIP profile

RT @PublicDomainRev: #OnThisDay in 1891, Thomas Edison files patent for the motion picture camera: https://t.co/1G8u8aa9iL https://t.co/WZm

Aug 24 2016 04:34 ·  reply ·  retweet ·  favourite
More from the Managing IP blog


Mid Year 2016

All eyes on ASEAN

Economic and legal reforms are driving harmonisation within and beyond the ASEAN region, with big implications for IP owners. James Nurton, Stephy Tang and Natalie Rahhal introduce a year-long series of articles



Most read articles

Supplements