Lifetime Pursues Alleged Chinese and Philippine Trademark Copyists
May 24, 2011
CLEARFIELD, UTAH – Lifetime Products, a world leader in blow-molded folding tables and chairs, recently took action to enforce its trademark rights in China against Hangzhou Xiaoshan Dadongnan Packing Plastic Co.,Ltd./Zhejiang Lifan Furniture Company, Ltd. (Dadongnan).
Lifetime recently obtained information that suggested that Dadongnan was manufacturing tables and chairs that included the Lifetime name and logo. Lifetime has long-standing trademark rights to its name and logo in China.
With the assistance from its counsel in China and Chinese authorities, Lifetime detained a container of Dadongnan goods that was being shipped to the Philippines. Upon inspection of the container, Lifetime confirmed that the goods included the Lifetime name and logo. Based on that evidence, and at Lifetime’s request, Chinese authorities conducted an inspection of the factory believed to be producing the goods, and seized additional infringing products from the factory. The Chinese Administration of Industry and Commerce is now conducting an investigation to determine what action will be taken against Dadongan.
In conjunction with this action in China, Lifetime also took action against a retailer selling goods that included its trademark, based on unfair competition. Lifetime contacted the Philippine National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) based on information obtained through a separate investigation in Manila. The NBI opened a criminal investigation and conducted a raid of Cost U Less Trade Ventures*, Tuesday May 3. As a result of the raid, the NBI removed a total of 297 folding tables and chairs. With assistance from Lifetime, the NBI is continuing its investigation and prosecution of Cost U Less.
Lifetime has a long history of enforcing its intellectual property rights in the United States and other countries throughout the world. As both a manufacturer and innovator, Lifetime continues to monitor the international market for products that infringe its intellectual property, and will take appropriate action to enforce its intellectual property rights in venues worldwide when necessary.
For more information, please contact Lifetime Public Relations at pr@Lifetime.com.
*Cost U Less Trade Ventures is not affiliated with Cost U Less, Inc. or The Northwest Company, Inc.
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About Lifetime Products: Established in 1986, Lifetime Products, Inc. is a privately held company headquartered in Clearfield, Utah. Lifetime Products is the world's largest manufacturer of blow-molded polyethylene folding tables and chairs, and residential basketball hoops. With products sold in 58 countries, Lifetime has been manufacturing in Utah for more than 25 years and employs 1,250 people in its Clearfield facility, and more than 2,075 people worldwide. For more information about Lifetime Products, Inc. and its products, visit www.Lifetime.com.
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