1st Civil Case Recognizing Well-known Trademark on Similar Goods
Recently, Deere & Company won the final trial of a lawsuit involving trademark infringement and unfair competition. The defendants were John Deere (Beijing) Agricultural Machinery Co., Ltd and other two. The Beijing High People’s Court, the court of second instance, held that if there is a conflict between a registered well-known trademark and an ordinary registered trademark on identical or similar goods, Article 13 (3) of the PRC Trademark Law applies. This is the first civil case with a final judgment where the above application rules of Article 13(3) was confirmed and well-known trademarks were protected accordingly.