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Chinese Trademark Office Cracks Down on World Cup Trademark Squatting

On December 2, 2022, the Trademark Office the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) announced the “Cracking Down on Malicious Registration of Trademarks such as “World Cup” and “Raib” in accordance with the law” (关于依法打击恶意抢注“世界杯” “拉伊卜”等商标注册的通告).   Per CNIPA, a small number of enterprises and natural persons maliciously registered trademarks of hot words and logos such as “World Cup,” names of famous football stars, and World Cup mascots “LAEEB” and “Raib,” which violated social and public interests.  Accordingly, CNIPA rejected 26 trademark registrations and cancelled 1 trademark ex officio.

CNIPA stated,

The CNIPA attaches great importance to the protection of intellectual property rights of the World Cup in Qatar, and resolutely cracks down on malicious squatting. In accordance with Article 10.1(7) and other provisions of the Trademark Law, the applications for 26 trademarks including World Cup No. 66999855 and LAEEB No. 63803887 were rejected; in accordance with Article 44, Paragraph 1 of the Trademark Law, the registered trademark “LAEEBS” (No. 63767652) was invalidated ex officio.

The CNIPA will maintain high pressure on squatters, continue to carry out special campaigns against malicious trademark registration, strengthen the protection of World Cup hot words and logos including the World Cup, World Cup mascots, and names of famous football stars, and seriously deal with violations of good faith in accordance with laws and regulations…

The full text as well as lists of rejected and cancelled trademarks are available here (Chinese only). 

© 2023 Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner, P.A. All Rights Reserved.National Law Review, Volume XII, Number 336
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Aaron Wininger IP Attorney China Portfolio Development
Director of China Intellectual Property Law Practice Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner

Aaron Wininger is a Principal and Schwegman’s Director of China Intellectual Property. Aaron counsels both U.S. and Chinese companies on portfolio development and preparation of their patent applications and office action responses. He has worked with clients in the areas of software, networks (wired and wireless), lasers, medical devices, semiconductors and physics.

Aaron prosecutes both Chinese and U.S. trademarks. He has also drafted and prosecuted hundreds of U.S. and international patent applications in a broad spectrum of areas, including computer hardware and software, the...

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