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Honda wins motorcycle trademark case in China
July 16, 2009, 1:41 pm
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honda_logoA district court in Beijing ruled last Wednesday to support Honda Motor Co.’s claim that major private motorcycle maker Chongqing Lifan Industry Group Co. pirated the Japanese company’s logo, Beijing Times reported.

Honda had sued the Chinese motorcycle company to seek a cancellation of its registration of its trademark (轰达) that is pronounced and transliterated as “Hongda” — the English transliteration is used as part of the logo for the vehicle’s exports.

Honda previously filed a complaint with a Chinese government committee that oversees trademarks, but the committee brushed off the claim, saying the trademarks are distinguishable in Chinese characters, as Honda is 本田 in Chinese characters pronounced as “Bentian”, and Hongda is 轰达.

Source:China Daily

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