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Lego wins first China copyright case against imitators

Lego wins first China copyright case against imitators Photo: AP.

December 07, 2017 06:23 AM

HONG KONG (AP) — Danish toy maker Lego said Thursday it has won a major legal victory in China, where a court ruled in its favor in a copyright case against companies making knockoffs of its famous colored bricks.

The company said it was the first time it has won an unfair competition case against imitators in China.

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It said the Shantou Intermediate People's Court ruled that two Chinese companies selling Bela brand blocks similar to the Lego Friends line infringed a copyright and ordered them to stop.

The court issued its ruling in September but the decision didn't take effect until November.

Earlier this year, a Beijing court ruled that Lego's name and logo are well-known trademarks in China, giving the company stronger legal footing for pursuing copyright cases.

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