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Apple Loses an iPhone Trademark Battle in China


wsj articleThe following is an excerpt from WSJ.com | May 4, 2016 |

Are you the proud owner of an IPHONE brand pocketbook?
Fear not – a Beijing court has ruled that your bag is safely within the bounds of Chinese copyright law.

In a country where new knockoff products seem to make headlines every day, a battle between Apple Inc. and a little-known local firm over the U.S. tech giant’s iPhone trademark would seem to be nothing new.

Yet a recent ruling by the Beijing Municipal High People’s Court presents a rare glimpse into the murkiness of Chinese trademark law – as well as the pitfalls it presents to some U.S. firms.

In late March, the Beijing court ruled in favor of a Chinese company named Beijing Xintong Tiandi Technology Co. that makes wallets, handbags, smartphone cases and a wide range of other leather goods all bearing the name IPHONE, according to an attorney representing the company.

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