Ting Xu, Associate, Trademark Department
On May 26, 2008, the China Trademark Review and Adjudication Board (“TRAB”) of the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) made a decision in favor of Changyu Winery Group, upholding its exclusive use of the mark “cabernet” in Chinese （“解百纳”） as a registered trademark. The decision further found that Changyu established “解百纳” as one of its trademarks through its use and did not consider “解百纳” the generic name for these cabernet grape varieties. This means other wineries such as China Great Wall Winery, Dynasty Fine Wines Group Limited and Yantai Weilong Grape Wine Co. are prohibited from using the mark “解百纳”, which may certainly cause damage to these wine makers in marketing their products.
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