Case Studies

China: Put stop to counterfeit 'Converse' shoes

A stop was recently put to the manufacture of canvas shoes bearing the CO★NS trade mark and the manufacturer fined twice the value of the goods.

The action took place in Wenzhou City, widely known as Shoes City, the hottest spot for counterfeiting shoe products in China. The determined action of the Zhejiang Wenzhou AIC, and its willingness to find infringement of NIKE’s CONS and ★CONVERSE marks and impose a hefty fine, sets a very valuable precedent.

This case was named one of the Top 10 IP cases by China’s Quality Brands Protection Committee (QBPC) 2010. 

The QBPC is an organisation of multinational companies that aims to work cooperatively with the Chinese government and relevant bodies in relation to IP protection China.