Toyota Loses Trademark Lawsuit to Chinese Automaker

Law360, New York (November 24, 2003, 12:00 AM EST) -- The Beijing Second Intermediate Court rejected claims from Toyota that Geely, China's largest private automaker, had infringed the Japanese company's logo for use on its "Meiri" sedan and had also used its name in promoting the Chinese car.

In a move bound to raise concerns among automakers eager to get a foothold in the Chinese market, the court indicated it did not recognize Toyota's logo as a "distinctive brand in China" which required protection.

Toyota was ordered to pay 80,360 yuan, or $9,700, in court costs...
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