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Nike Sues Chinese Companies over Logo
April 9, 2009, 1:57 am
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The logo featuring a silhouette of Michael Jordan

The logo featuring a silhouette of Michael Jordan

SHANGHAI: American sporting goods giant Nike is suing two Chinese companies for copying one of its logos – a silhouette of former basketball star Michael Jordan slam-dunking.

Shanghai Century Lianhua Chengshan Supermarket Co Ltd was illegally displaying and selling fake sports pants bearing the logo for nearly a year, Nike International told Shanghai No 2 Intermediate People’s Court yesterday at a hearing. The first defendant purchased the pants from the second defendant, Shanghai Kangchen Garment Co Ltd, said Nike’s attorney Kong Qin.

“The two defendants should print a notice in local Xinmin Evening News to dispel the negative influence they created and pay a compensation of 300,000 yuan ($43,900),” he said.

But the two contend that the logo they are using is actually not the same as Nike’s.

“It is true our logo bears some resemblance to Nike’s, but ours also includes the word ‘sports’ in block letters, therefore one could not be mistaken for the other,” he said, adding that the compensation asked for “is way too high”.

No verdict has been reached yet.

Source: China Daily


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