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01.03.2021 | Hong Kong : A new direction to penalize China copycats in Hong Kong – criminal offence of money laundering

Hong Kong : A new direction to penalize China copycats in Hong Kong – criminal offence of money laundering Hong Kong Customs has recently laid criminal charges against China suppliers exporting counterfeits for the generally called “money laundering” offences. It shall involve two important elements to entitle the Hong Kong Customs to prosecute the offenders. 1. A bank account in Hong Kong which received the sale proceeds of the counterfeits from overseas buyers. 2. Conviction of a buyer in overseas... MORE

03.07.2020 | Hong Kong : The renowned apparel and household products Brand “MUJI” has encountered setback in a recent law suit in China

Japanese retailer MUJI has lost an appeal against a Chinese court ruling that ruled that the company violated trademark rights owned by a Chinese company. Japanese retailer Ryohin Keikaku (commonly known as “MUJI”) was established in Japan in 1980. It entered the Chinese market in 2005 and opened its first store in Shanghai. Muji then applied for the registration of its internationally renowned brand name “MUJI” in block Roman alphabet letters and a local trademark, “Mujirushi Ryohin”, in four Chinese... MORE

02.07.2020 | Hong Kong : The Luxury Brand “Chanel” has encountered setback in a recent infringement action in China

The luxury Brand Chanel Co., Ltd (“Chanel”) has failed a recent trademark infringement action in respect of its “Double C” logo in China. The story began in a raid action carried out in China in 2016, whereas several items of suspected infringing products were seized from a local jewellery store by the Guangzhou Administration for Industry and Commerce (Guangzhou AIC), which have allegedly incorporated the shape of the “Double C” logo. Thereafter, Guangzhou AIC issued a punishment order against the... MORE

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