27 Feb '12, 11am

Trademark dispute looming over who discovered Jeremy Lin

Trademark dispute looming over who discovered Jeremy Lin

A Chinese basketball fan prepares to buy a New York Knicks Jeremy Lin T-shirt as they go on sale at a sporting goods store in Beijing on Feb 25, 2012. -- PHOTO: AFP BEIJING (REUTERS) - The New York Knicks may have given Jeremy Lin his break in the NBA, but a sports ball maker in eastern China saw potential in the Harvard-educated Chinese-American more than a year and a half ago - and quietly registered his trademark for US$700 (S$882). The issue is the latest in a series of China trademark troubles for Western sports stars and companies that have ensnared American icons ranging from basketball star Michael Jordan to Apple's iPad in recent disputes. Registering is cheap and relatively easy, and since Chinese law favours those who register trademarks first, squabbles over them can prove thorny to unravel, legal experts said. Lin, 23, the son of Taiwanese immigrants who had b...

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