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On January 18, Shandong High People’s Court rendered its final decision on Adidas’ allegation of Quanzhou Ruibu sports Co., Ltd (Ruibu) and Zhaoyuan Shengjia Shoes Co., Ltd (Shengjia)’s infringement of its trademarks, rejecting the appeal of Ruibu, upholding the first-instance decision of Shandong Yantai Intermediate People’s Court and ordering Ruibu and Shengjia to indemnify 200,000 yuan in damages and remove the ill effects.
In 2007, after discovering counterfeit shoes marked with "three stripes" trademark for sale by Ruibu and Shengjia, Adidas brought the case to Shandong Yantai Intermediate People’s Court on the ground of trademark infringement and sought 400,000 yuan in damages. On December 2, 2009, Shandong Yantai Intermediate People’s Court rendered a first-instance judgment ordering Ruibu and Shengjia to cease producing and distributing infringement products and pay Adidas 280,000 yuan and 20,000 yuan in damages, respectively. The disgruntled Ruibu then appealed to Shandong High People’s Court, which would later make the decision above.
(by Xie Huandong)