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China says it's cracking down on illegal use of Taiwanese trademarks

China says it's cracking down on illegal use of Taiwanese trademarks

Beijing, Oct. 28 (CNA) China's spokeswoman for the Taiwan Affairs Office said Wednesday that the authorities have cracked down on a number of Chinese companies that have illegally used Taiwanese-registered trademarks, such as "Alishan" or "Gukeng coffee." Fan Liqing said that the authorities have revoked the trademark registrations of companies that illegally used the names of a number of Taiwan's agricultural products and geographic landmarks.
Those names are registered trademarks of Taiwanese businesses, national parks or local governments. They include names such as "Alishan" -the famous mountain in central Taiwan; the scenic spot Sun Moon Lake; the Spring at Wushe, an area in central Taiwan's Nantou county, which is well known for its gorgeous mountain scenery, as well as Chihshang and Hsilo, areas in Taiwan which are famous for growing high quality rice.
A trademark registration of the name of "Gukeng coffee" - a brand of Taiwanese coffee grown in an area called Gukeng - was also revoked, according to Fan, who was speaking at a regularly scheduled news conference.
Fan, however, did not immediately provide information on when the crackdown occurred or how the thefts of Taiwanese trademarks were punished.
She said that since 2006, China has intensified its crackdown and punishment of trademark counterfeiting and amended laws to strengthen protection of Taiwan's registered trademarks of geographic landmarks and agricultural products in order to safeguard the rights and interests of Taiwanese businesses.
However, Taiwanese companies, like other foreign companies doing business in China, have complained that not enough is being done and punishment should be stiffer.
Trademark infringement is a widespread problem in China and a headache for companies doing business in the mainland. More Taiwanese companies, however, are registering their trademarks in China.
Fan indicated that between 2002 and the end of September this year, Taiwanese companies or individuals had filed 72,658 trademark registrations in China, of which, 46,850 were granted.
Taiwanese companies and individuals owned a total of around 63,000 valid registered trademarks in China by the end of September, Fan said.
Meanwhile, eight Taiwan-owned trademarks had been accorded well-known trademark status in China. The trademarks are Giant, the best selling brand of bicycles in Taiwan; Uni-President food products; Girdear clothing, BENQ electronics products, Mingtien coffee house chain, Nature Beauty body care products, Acer laptops, and Want Want snacks, Fan said.
(By Huang Chi-kuan and Y.L.Kao)




Updated : 2021-05-08 05:30 GMT+08:00