bad-faith trademark registration

By King & Wood’s Intellectual Property Group

Pursuant to the judicial interpretations enacted by the Supreme People’s Court of China in February 2008, if a prior registered trademark owner files an infringement lawsuit against the use of a latter registered trademark, courts will refuse to accept the case. The prior trademark registrant must first initiate a trademark dispute action with the China Trademark Review and Adjudication Board (TRAB) to invalidate the latter registered trademark. The are various reasons that may prevent the latter registered trademark from being invalidated within a short period of time, making it difficult for the prior registrant to prevent continued infringement by the latter mark in a timely manner.Continue Reading Copyright, a Drawn Sword towards Bad Faith Trademark Registration

金杜律师事务所知识产权

根据中国大陆最高人民法院于2008年2月作出的生效司法解释,依据在先注册商标对在后注册商标的使用提起商标侵权诉讼的,法院不予受理,在先权利人应首先向商标评审委员会请求撤销在后申请的注册商标。这种情况导致权利人在基于各种原因无法及时撤销在后注册的侵权商标的情况下,很难制止其使用。

但是,如果在侵权注册商标的申请日之前,权利人对相同、近似商标享有其他种类的在先民事权利,比如,著作权、企业字号权、肖像权、姓名权、外观设计专利权等,权利人可依据该在先权利对侵权注册商标的使用直接提出侵权之诉,同样可达到制止后者使用的目的。Continue Reading 著作权,对抗恶意注册商标的一把利剑