Chinese copyright infringers fined in another LEGO IP lawsuit

LEGO has won an intellectual property lawsuit in China after a court agreed that local companies had copied its building blocks and miniature figures under the LEPIN brand.

The Guangzhou Yuexiu District Court ruled that the four defendants should immediately cease the production, sale and promotion of the toys. they were also ordered to pay around $650,000 in damages. 

The Danish toymaker had already secured two major legal victories in China last year. The Beijing Higher Court passed a ruling to recognise the LEGO logo and the name in Chinese as “well-known” trademarks in the country, before LEGO went on to win its first Chinese copyright court case, when it defeated the makers of Bela products.

The LEPIN rulings “clearly demonstrate the continued efforts of Chinese authorities to protect intellectual property,” LEGO chief executive officer Niels B. Christiansen said in the statement. 

“We will continue to take all necessary legal actions to protect our intellectual property rights.”

LEGO only identified Shantou Meizhi Model Co. among the four defendants

The report first emerged from Industry Week.

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