Fabiosa & Villamor: Bad faith trademark registration

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In 2005, the Beijing Judian Restaurant chain opened in China. It currently has around 40 restaurants. In June 2017, Judian filed in Canada an application for the registration of its “JU DIAN & Design” trademark to promote its restaurant in Vancouver. Judian found out that a certain Wei Meng has already registered the “JU DIAN & Design” in Canada. Meng went to the Judian restaurant in Vancouver, accused it of stealing his “Judian” trademark, and demanded the sum of US$1.5 million for the trademark. Meng was then sued in a Federal Court for registering the “Judian” trademark to extort money from the Judian restaurant chain. The court ruled that Meng acted in bad faith in registering the “JU DIAN & Design” trademark in his name and ruled that Meng’s trademark registration is invalid. (www.vancouversun.com)

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