11.02.10 01:00 Age: 8 yrs
Goojje remains defiant
BEIJING, China, February 11, 2010 -"Goojje" refuses to change name in light of potential trademark infringement litigation.
Launched a day after Google Inc. pronounced their intention to renounce the Chinese market, Goojje, uploaded an obvious knockoff of the US Internet company. The similarities between Goojje, and Google is not merely limited to their names. The logos between the two search engines are remarkably similar in format, and layout. Additionally, the Goojje logo has utilised the paw print which Baidu, China's largest domestic search engine, uses.
Recently, the infringing website posted a notice on their website, and removed the search facility. The message, addressed to Goojje's friends and journalists, firstly thanks them for their support of Goojje, and apologies at the same time. According to the message, Goojje have been attacked for numerous number of days, and this has lead to server failure. The site vowed never to give up, promised to change their server, and urged Goojje vistors to wait patiently.
Edward Lehman, Managing Director of Lehman, Lee & Xu commented "China's judiciary have just recently highlighted that they are prepared to uphold and acknowledge foreign IPR with the Strix case." He continues by adding "IPR protection is an important priority to take into consideration when operating within China."
John Lee, Senior PRC Lawyer at Lehman, Lee & Xu also highlighted that "there are also similarities between the two search engine pinyin pronunciations." Further adding that "Our IP practice has successfully represented numerous client's in their strive to protect and endorse their IP rights. Lehman, Lee & Xu are ready to assist our client's needs, from issuing relevant cease and desist notices, to taking the issue further if deemed infringement has not, or is not likely to be halted."
Lehman, Lee & Xu is one of the first five private law firms established in the People's Republic of China. After nearly twenty years of practice and development, Lehman, Lee & Xu now has more than two hundred patent, trademark and PRC-licensed attorneys working in numerous branch offices located in the most-developed cities in China. As one of the leading IP firms in China, Lehman, Lee & Xu provides high quality legal service to its clients and has been consistently rated among the top five IP law firms in China. Lehman, Lee & Xu is also a top-three commercial law firm, and has provided a variety of commercial legal services to hundreds of clients, many of them multinational corporations (MNCs) and Fortune 100 companies. The firm's diverse catalog of commercial services covers foreign direct investment (FDI), merger and acquisition (M&A), tax, employment and many other areas.
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