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Wangzhihe to win case against german competitor
April 22, 2009, 2:08 pm
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Wangzhihe is one of China's oldest food brands

Wangzhihe is one of China's oldest food brands

A centennial Chinese brand is very likely to win a landmark lawsuit case over a German firm that rush-registered its trademark, a Chinese official said yesterday.

Wangzhihe Food Group, producer of the popular Chinese food bean curd under the brand name Wangzhihe, may get the trademark back in Germany tomorrow, when the Munich High Court makes a ruling, Vice-Minister of State Administration for Industry and Commerce Li Jianchang said.

The case dates back to July 2006, when the Chinese firm wanted to register in Germany, only to find that Germany-based OKAI had already registered its trademark.

Wangzhihe took OKAI to court in January 2007 after the two failed to reach an agreement. On Nov 14, 2007, a Munich court found OKAI guilty of trademark infringement. But OKAI appealed to the Munich High Court in February, 2008.

Source: China Daily

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