Case report: How such a concealed infringement of UnionPay’s intellectual property was brought to justice in China?
China UnionPay is a bankcard association in China which plays a core and pivotal role in China’s bankcard industry. UnionPay operates an inter-bank transaction settlement system through which the connection and switch between banking systems and acquirers as well as the inter-bank, cross-region and cross-border usages of bankcards issued by associate banks is carried out. In May 2014, China UnionPay found that a company, Jinan Daonuo Information and Technology Co., Ltd. (“Jinan Daonuo” ) was providing acquiring outsourcing services of acquiring fraudulently using the UnionPay name, including counterfeiting UnionPay’s authorisation documents in its operation, and using UnionPay’s three-color brand logo, the Chinese and English names of “UnionPay” and the “UnionPay” registered trademark on its POS machines and in the relevant acquiring service. Jinan Daoduo established many branches and conducted operations in Jinan, Shanghai, Wuhan, Chongqing, Chengdu, Nanjing and other areas. The actual controller of Jinan Daoduo also established Shandong Yuntai Mingde Information and Technology Co., Ltd. to commit the infringement. This article will analyze the significance and social Impact of this case.