Monday May 09, 2016

Facebook Wins Chinese Trademark Dispute Over 'face book' Beverages

It looks as though you won't be able to get face book branded beverages in China any time soon. The Beijing Municipal High People's Court ruled that attempts to label certain foods and beverages with the "face book" name was an obvious act of copying Facebook's intellectual property.

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Chinese people won't be able to quench their thirst with a refreshing "face book" beverage, after the U.S. social networking company won a rare trademark victory against a local firm in China. By contrast, Apple Inc (AAPL.O) last month lost its battle to prevent a domestic company from using the "iPhone" trademark on leather goods in China. China's intellectual property protections are often perceived as quite lax but they are steadily improving, lawyers say.

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