Truck News

News

Never before have scooters garnered so much attention

BEJING, China -- The parts business has been rife with counterfeiters thanks in large part to China's non-committal...


BEJING, China — The parts business has been rife with counterfeiters thanks in large part to China’s non-committal Intellectual Property Bureau (IPB).

But now a suit brought by Honda Motor Co. against the IPB could set the rules for the future. The case involves a motor scooter patent Honda won in China in 1994. Recently three knock-off manufacturers have been granted government approvals to build very similar-looking designs. Honda wants those approvals reversed and its patent reinstated.

Foreign companies say China’s on-again, off-again approach to intellectual property rights contributes to rampant product piracy in the country. China has vowed a crackdown following its acceptance into the World Trade Organization last December, but progress has been slow.

The case has attracted a great deal of attention and China, which generally bars foreign reporters from its courts, has invited them in to see the Honda case and provided bilingual brochures trumpeting the country’s efforts to fight counterfeiting.

Whether the Honda case can break new ground remains to be seen as the judge weighing the merits of the suit is also the deputy director of the agency Honda is suing.


Truck News

Truck News

Truck News is Canada's leading trucking newspaper - news and information for trucking companies, owner/operators, truck drivers and logistics professionals working in the Canadian trucking industry.
All posts by

Print this page
Related Articles
TruckNews
TodaysTrucking


Have your say:

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*