28 Feb '12, 1pm

China sees rise in trademark, domain name speculations - Channel News Asia

China sees rise in trademark, domain name speculations - Channel News Asia

SHANGHAI: There have been several high profile trademark disputes in China recently - over the use of famous names like iPad, Michael Jordan and Jeremy Lin. It also reveals an increasing trend in speculative investments - on trademarks. Apple's dispute over the use of the iPad name in China has started a speculative wave of trademark registrations. The website of China's Industry and Commerce Department shows the names aPad, bPad, all the way to zPad, registered as trademarks. And even though the social networking site Facebook is blocked in China, the Chinese are still betting on the potential value of the brand. Speculators try to make a quick buck by being among the first to register a famous logo, or something that looks similar to it... then, sell it later at a much higher price. Last year, one businessman registered the name, Jeremy Lin Shu Hao, for under US$900. Now...

Full article: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/eastasia/view/1185...

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