April 19, 2011

Restaurant Name Dispute Resolved by IP&IT Court

World Trademark Report

The Central Intellectual Property and International Trade Court (IP&IT Court) has issued a decision clarifying the ownership of a trade name following the plaintiffs’ sale of a restaurant business to the defendants—a company and its directors. This brief article summarizes the decision, which allowed both parties to separately exercise their rights to their respective trademarks, as neither party was able to establish a better right in the mark.