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Toymaker Lego wins Chinese copyright case against brick imitators

Toymaker Lego wins Chinese copyright case against brick imitators
From Reuters - December 7, 2017

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Lego has won a landmark case in China against two companies that manufactured and sold toys almost identical to its LEGO Friends range but branded Bela, the Danish toymaker said.

It is the first time that Lego has succeeded in a copyright competition case in China, where copies of its colorful bricks and figures have been a recurrent problem as it seeks to gain share in the $31 billion toys and games market.

Earlier this year, the Beijing Higher Court passed a rulingthat recognized the Lego logo and name in Chinese as well-known trademarks in China, putting the toymaker in a better position to act against infringement of its trademarks.

The China Shantou Intermediate Peoples Court had ruled that certain Bela products infringed upon the copyrights of the Lego Group and that manufacturing and selling of those products constituted acts of unfair competition, Lego said in a statement on Thursday.

The court also decided that Lego is protected under Chinese anti-unfair competition law for the distinctive and unique appearance of certain decorative aspects of its packaging across particular product lines (in this case, LEGO Friends)

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