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Lotte Holding (China) Co., Ltd. and Lotte Confectionery (China) Co., Ltd. recently brought Hong Kong Lotte Co., Ltd and two other companies to Beijing No. 2 Intermediate People's Court on the ground of trademark infringement and unfair competition.
At the end of 2008, Lotte discovered that a kind of xylitol chewing gum made by a Shandong-based company was marked with Hong Kong Lotte on the package and the packing and presentation of the product was extremely similar with theirs. Lotte alleged that the three defendants used their registered trademark name and used the extremely similar packing and presentation without consent, confusing the consumers on purpose, so that trademark infringement and unfair competition is constituted.
As they can hardly identify the defendants’ exact illegal earnings, so that Lotte sought 500,000 yuan in damages.(By Yang Qiang)
From:CHINA REPORT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY