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China Slams "Washington" In Trademark Appeal

Law360 (February 9, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- Underscoring differences in trademark law between the United States and China, a U.S. apple industry group has lost its bid in China to use “Washington” in a brand name, on the grounds that the word is too well-known as a geographic term.

The decision was a huge setback for the Washington Apple Commission from Washington state. It took legal action against China’s trademark authority after it rejected the mark, which is familiar in other nations.

The Washington Apple Commission had hoped to use the term, as...
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