Beijing court fines wine dealer for violating Lafite trademark rights

A Beijing court fined a Chinese wine dealer for infringing the trademark rights of famed wine brand Lafite.

The Beijing Intellectual Property Rights Court made the ruling on Tuesday on the trademark infringement lawsuit brought by Chateau Lafite Rothschild.

The plaintiff sought damages from two wine dealers Guangdong Shantou Fajiala Trade Co, Ltd and a Beijing-based firm Laofanke Trade Co., Ltd for using trademarks that are similar to the Lafite's. The court ruled that Guangdong Shantou Fajiala Trade Co, Ltd violated Lafite's rights to the trademark and orders it to pay two million yuan (about 297,000 U.S. dollars) in damages to the company and other expenses.

Laofanke, a smaller company that distributes a wide range of retail products other than wine, does not need to pay the damages, the court ruled.

(Source: Xinhua)