Bad faith trade mark squatting in China has long been one of the major problems encountered by brand owners. Unfortunately, this problem also extends to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs).
OEM businesses play a crucial role in global supply chains and a substantial amount of these manufacturers are based in China. These businesses also have a growing influence on foreign brand owners, who are vulnerable to trade mark squatting as a result of China’s “first to file” trade mark system.
OEM businesses can face a wide range of issues if they find themselves victims of trade mark squatting. This includes having genuine goods seized by Customs, infringement claims being filed by the squatters and even the risk of the brand owner being blocked from the China market. This can potentially put brand owners in a “Bet the House” battle which they can’t lose.
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Hatty manages Rouse’s business in China, with a focus on trade mark practice. With a solid 19 years’ experience and a thorough understanding of the local and international IP and legal environment, she has served many top multinational companies entering the Chinese market and protecting their IP value. Hatty experienced in a wide range of industries and offers clients the most cutting-edge solutions to protect their IPR. Prior to joining Rouse, Hatty worked for an IP boutique law firm in Silicon Valley and at a global food and beverage company in Chicago. She also served as in-house legal counsel at China Central Television.
Landy has been practicing in IP field for 17 years and has a legal education background in China, the US and the UK. Landy has advised and represented international companies on IP strategies, IP portfolio, and IP related contentious matters, covering trade mark, copyright, patent, trade secret, trade name, domain name and unfair competition issues etc. Many Landy’s landmark litigation cases were acknowledged by courts and professional organizations for their unprecedent nature.