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Trademarks in Chinese Cyberspace

Posted April 1st, 2009


If you are like many companies, you get emails regularly from Hong Kong or China that look like this:

We are a professional Internet consultant organization in Asia, which mainly deal with the global companies’ domain name registration and internet intellectual property right protection. Currently, we have a pretty important issue needing to confirm with your company. On 2009-03-23, we received an application formally; one person named “Jacques Tits” wanted to apply for the Internet brand “[YOUR BRAND] ” and some domain names through our body. During our preliminary investigation, we found that these domain names’ keyword and internet brand is identical with your trademark. I wonder whether you consigned “Jacques Tits” to register these domain names through us or not? Or is “Jacques Tits” your business partner or distributor in Asia? Currently, we have postponed this application of this company temporarily already. In order to deal with this issue better, please let the principal make a confirmation with me by telephone or email ASAP. In addition, I must state that we have time limited for one person or one company’s registration. It is just 15 days. If your company files doesn’t resent within the time limited. We will unconditionally authorize the application of “Jacques Tits”.

We asked Hong Kong resident and all around good guy, Joe Simone to fill us in from the front lines and to provide some insights on IP rights protection. Joe is a Partner, Baker & McKenzie, Beijing/Hong Kong.

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