Latest blog articles by Tian Lu

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    Is ‘MOCCA’ in class 30 generic in China?

    2 August 2021
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    Tian Lu in Law
    What does the term ‘MOCCA’ evoke in your mind, a kind of coffee or a specific brand? This Kat randomly asked this question to her friends currently at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition Munich. Most of them regarded ‘MOCCA’ as a kind of coffee instead of a specific brand except one Italian colleague who also saw ‘MOCCA (almost phonetically identical to ‘Moka’)’ as referring to the Moka Pot ( Italian wiki page ). The diverged answers could be interpreted as showing different opinions on where the term is standing on the slope of trade mark...
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    The 'goldfish phone booth' copyright case in Japan

    23 February 2021
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    Tian Lu in Law
    Nobuki Yamamoto, a Japanese contemporary artist, made an eye-catching work of ‘goldfish swimming in a phone booth’ (‘Work 1’) by December 2000 at the latest. In October 2011, a student organisation called ‘Goldfish Club’ at Kyoto University of Art and Design produced Work 2 and exhibited it for a week in the same month in the Osaka Nakanoshima Park.
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    Chanel’s ‘Double C’ trade mark loss in China – an unacceptable conclusion?

    24 July 2019
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    Tian Lu in Law
    Recently, Chanel Co., Ltd. lost a trade mark infringement case regarding its ‘Double C’ logo in China. The full text of the decision can be visited via here (Google translatable). The case has drawn wide attention and, mostly, negative comments. Does this seemingly-counterintuitive loss indeed, well, err? This Kat is putting her paws on the inquiry…