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France CASTEL FRERES Was Sentenced to 33.73 Million Yuan Compensation
Wenzhou Intermediate People’s Court entered into the first-instance judgment on an infringing trademark dispute, awarding an injunction and 33.73 million yuan in damages recently. The court ordered the defendants France-based CASTEL FRERES SAS CO.,LTD (CASTEL FRERES) and its distributors in China to discontinue the use of the trademark of “卡斯特” (Chinese translation of CASTEL). CASTEL FRERES did not appeal to the high court instantly. Plaintiff Shanghai PANATI is holding the victory card for the moment.
The court held that CASTEL FRERES took advantage of the卡斯特’s reputation to sell its products in China. Then the court entered the first-instance judgment ordering CASTEL FRERES and its local distributors to cease producing and distributing infringement products and pay 33.73 million yuan in damages.
(From China report intellectual property)