Source: Xinhua

12-03-2008 08:54

SHENYANG, Dec. 2 (Xinhua) -- U.S. electronic manufacturer, Apple Inc., won a trademark infringement lawsuit against an electronics company based in south China's Shenzhen City.

According to the Intermediate People's Court in Shenyang, the capital of the Liaoning Province, New Apple Concept Digital Technology Co., Ltd., was ordered on Tuesday to pay 400,000 yuan (58,000 U.S. dollars) for infringing on Apple's trademark and logo.

Apple Inc. registered the trademark "APPLE" and the apple logo when it entered China's market in 1993. It has exclusive trademark rights till 2013.

New Apple Concept Digital Technology Co., Ltd., established in Shenzhen in 2005, used the pattern of an apple with two wings as its logo. The court said it looked similar to Apple's logo. It put the pattern on its products, wrappings and Website.

In 2006, Apple Inc. told the New Apple Concept company to stop infringing on its trademark.

In April of this year, the New Apple Concept company was sued.

The court ordered the Shenzhen company "to stop infringement practices" and pay damages to Apple Inc..